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A Genealogical Record to 1900 of the 
Descendants of Edmund Fanning, . 

The Emigrant Ancestor in America, who settled in Con- 1 
necticut in 1653 | 

To which is prefixed j 

A General Account of the Fanning Family in Europe ! 
From Norman times, 1197, to the Cromwellian 
Confiscations, 1652-3 


Illustrated with Plates and Maps 

In Two Volumes 



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" Is it not strange how stealthily To-day 
Slips into Yesterday and glides away? 
£*cn while you sleep he steals adown the I 

stair, { 

Unbolts the ponderous door, and goes— you 

know not where. 

No rumbling of great iron wheels is heard, 
The pulses of the dreamer are not stirred. 
When the long train of flying Yesterdays 
Halts at your midnight door— then speeds 
its wonted ways. 

It leaves a youthful traveller at your gate 
To take the place of him who could not wait; 
The young To-day walks in and climbs the • 

While yet the brazen hammers forge the 

spectral hour." 

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These Volumes ! 

Are Dedicated by the Author 
as a token of affection and respect 

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Illustrations^ Charts and Maps 


The Normans 

The Fannings and their origin: derivation of the name 

The Fannings of Limerick and Clare 

Dominick Fanning 

Fanning lands confiscated in the County of Clare . . 

Promment Fannings of Limerick 

The Fannings of Kilkenny and Tipperary ..... 

After the confiscations of 1653 

The American branch — Edmund Fanning and his de- 


First Generation 

Second Generatioir 

Third Generation 

Fourth Generation 

Fifth Generation 

Sixth Generation 

Seventh Generation 

Eighth Generation 

Ninth Generation 

Tenth Generation 


Edmund* Fanning, Junior, No. 2 

Thomas* Fanning, No. 4 









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Lieut. John* Fanning, No. 5 and his Fort Hill Farm 610 

Edmund' Fanning, No. 10 639 

Jonathan' Fanning, No. 11 646 

Capt. James* Fanning, No. 15 651 

The Wickham Family 656 

John* Fanning, No. 18 668 

Gen. Edmund* Fanning, LL.D., No. 46 672 

John* Fanning, No. 59 700 

Capt Thomas* Fanning, No. 60 705 

Dr. James Gx)k Aycr 712 

Lieut. Natlianiel' Fanning, No. no 715 

Capt. Edmund' Fanning, No. 117 739 

Capt. Charles' Fanning, No. 158 758 

Thomas' Fanning, No. 160 763 

Capt. Rufus' Fanning, No. 171 770 

Henry Willson' Fanning, -No. 350 771 

David Hale^ Fanning, No. 697 773 

Judge Adclbert Canedy' Fanning, No. 735 .... 776 

Walter Frederic Brooks, son of No. 694 778 

The Riverhcad tombstone *. . 780 

The old Fanning burying-ground 783 

Unidentified Fannings at Groton, Stonington, and Nor- 
wich, Conn 785 

Lists of soldiers 786 


(A.) Will of Symon Fanning of Limerick .... 790 

(B.) Abstract of will of David Comyn 797 

(C.) Deed of James' Fanning No. 7 ..... . 798 

(D.) Relative to James' Fanning, No. 64 ... . 799 

(E.) Relative to will of Rev, William* Fanning, 

No. 40 799 

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(F.) Letter of Gen. Edmund^ Fanning No. 46 to 

Hannah Wickham 

(G.) Autobiograpliical statement of Gen. Fanning 
(H.) Letter of Mrs. Cumberland to William Fan- 
ning Wickham . 

(I.) Col. David Fanning, tory and notorious out- 

(J.) The Fannin family of the South, and CoL 

James W. Fannin of Goliad fame .... 

(K.) Fanning Institution of Watcrford, Ireland . . 

(L.) Letter from Arthur Vicars, Ulster King of 

Arms, Dublin, Ireland 

Letters from John O'Hart, Clontarf, Ireland . 

(M.) Fishers Island 




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Vol. I. 

Fanning Arms, in color FrorUispiece 

Plan of Limerick, Ireland, in 17 14 .... opp. page 32 
Registered pedigree of James Fanning ... do. . 
Map of the Colonies of Connecticut and Rhode 

Island, showing habitat of Fannings . opp. page 
Original grant to Edmund Fanning, Senior, in 1664 

opp. page 
Plan of the Edmund Fanning house, Stonington, Conn. 

on page 
View of New London, Conn., in 1902 . . . 
Commission of Captain Josiah Lupton, 1773 
Autograph of James Fanning, 'No. 37 . . . 
Portrait of William Fanning Wickham . . 
The Gilbert Fanning house, Stonington, Conn., 




opp. page 



on page 137 

opp. page 132 

do. . 154 

Autograph of Gilbert Fanning, No. 44 . . on page 156 
The Jersey Prison Ship (from "Capt. Dring's Recollec- 
tions of the Jersey Prison Ship") . . . opp. page 158 
Autograph of Gen. Edmund Fanning, No. 46 on page 166 
Autograph of Jolin Fanning, No. 59 ... do. . 176 
Deed of John and Thomas Fanning . . . opp. page 176 

Portrait of John Fanning Watson do. . 180 

Autograph of Capt. Thomas Fanning, No. 60 on page 183 

Autograph of Elisha Ayer, No. 161 ... . do. . 186 

Autograph of Hope (Fanning) Ayer, No. 161 do. . 186 

Autograph of Joseph Ayer do. . 187 

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Autograph of William Fanning, No. 65 . . do. . 
Autograph of George Fanning, No. 66 . • do. . 
Autograph of Roger Fanning, No. 68 ... do. . 
Autograph of James Fanning, Jimior, No. 93 do, . 
Portrait of Captain Richard Fanning, No. 219, from a 

painting by Copley opp. page 238 

The Captain Edmund Fanning house, Stonington, 

Conn., 1902 opp. page 256 

Autograph of Margaret (Fanning) Mooers, No. 337 

on page 289 
Autograph of Captain Charles Fanning,. No. 158 

on page 291 
Certificate of Society of the Cincinnati . . . 
Autograph of Thomas Fanning, Jr., No. 160 
Autograph of Susannah Fanning, No. 160 . 
Autograph of Sidney Gardner, No. 352 . . 
Muster roll of Capt. Amos Stanton's Company opp. page 298 
Portrait of Capt. Frederick Fanning, No. 162 do. . 302 
Autograph of Capt. Rufus Fanning, No. 171 
Portrait of Elisha Fanning, Junior, No. 186 
Autograph of John Fanning, Junior, No. 209 
View of Noank, Conn., and Fishers Island . 

The old Barnes house 

Engraved portrait of Walter Frederic Brooks 

Vol. II. 

Portrait in color of Gen. Edmund Fanning, No. 46 

Certificate of arms registered for James Fanning 

opp. page 444 

opp. page 292 

on page 297 

do. . 298 

do. . 298 

on page 306 
opp. page 310 
on page 327 
opp. page 340 
do. . 372 
do. . . 410 

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Portrait of Cornelia Fanning Gay, No. 1026, from a 

bust by French opp. page 504 

Portrait of Nelson Fanning, M.D., No. 644. do. . 506 
Old Winthrop housey Fishers Island .... do. . 540 
Muster roll of Capt. James Fanning's Co. . opp. page 580 
Lieut. John Fanning house, Fort Hill . . do. . 618 
Plan of the Lieut. John Fanning house . . on page 621 
Will of Lieut. John Fanning, No. 5 . . . . opp. page 636 
The old Jonathan Fanning house, Lcdyard . do. . 648 
Statue of Gen. Williams Carter Wickham . do. . 664 
Mural tablet of Gen. Edmund Fanning, No. 46 do. . 680 
Capt. Thomas Fanning homestead at Shewville, Conn. 

opp. page 706 
Engraved portrait of Dr. James Cook Aycr do, . 712 
The action between the Serapis and the Bon Homme 
Richard (from an engraving by Whitechurch in pos- 
session of the author) opp. page 722 

Autograph of Lt. Nathaniel Fanning, No. no on page 724 
Portrait of Lt. Nathaniel Fanning, No. no opp. page 734 
The Gardner farm, Norwich, Conn., homestead of 

Thomas and Susannah (Faulkner) Fanning, opp. page 766 
Engraved portrait of David Hale Fanning, No. 697 

opp. page 774 
Engraved portrait of Judge Adelbert C. Fanning, No. 

735 opp. page 776 

The Riverhead tombstone do. . 780 

Pedigree of the Fannings ^. . . . do. . 808 

Stcc! plate portraits engraved by Frederick T. Stuart, Boston. Photo- 
gravure plates by John Andrew & Son, Boston. • Engraved maps by George 
H. Walker & Co., Boston. Fanninc: Amis and portrait of Gen. Fanning, 
in color, by the Forbes Lithograph Co., Boston. Connecticut farm scenes 
photographed by George K. Tinglcy, Mptici Conn. 

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The following is a plain and ungamishcd account of the 
Fannings as they appear from the records in the localities 
in which they lived, with no attempt to extol their virtues 
or laud their praises. Their lives and deeds as recorded 
are sufficient glorification in themselves. 

The account covers a gencnU history of the family from 
earliest times down to the Cromwcllian confiscations, 1652- 
53, and a particular record of the descendants of Edmund 
Fanning from tliat period down to the year 1900. 

Tradition and hearsay have been very little relied upon. 
The narrative is based entirely upon the facts obtained 
from actual town, city, county, state, gravestone, and Bible 
records, and other positively authentic sources of informa* 
tion, and is the result of fifteen years of imremitting labor 
and perseverance on the part of the author. The work was 
begun in 1890, when he came into possession of an old ten- 
page manuscript written in 1803 by Lucy Fanning Watson, 
mother of John Fanning Watson, the Annalist of Pliila- 
delphia, wliich purported to be a brief authentic account 
of the Fanning family from the year 1641. 

The author endeavored to verify the statements in the 
manuscript by the Connecticut as well as the foreign records, 
but so many discrepancies and errors appearing, he dis- 
carded the manuscript entirely and started anew, relying 
wholly upon the records abroad and those at Groton, Ston- 
ington, and New London, the localities where the Fannings 

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first settled' in this country. By this course only has the 
work been made possible, and the results obtained may be 
accepted as entirely reliable and authentic. 

The name is on record in Ireland from the early part ; 
of the thirteenth century, and was one of influence in the 
counties of Limerick, Clare, Kilkenny, and Tipperary, imtil 
the general confiscation under Cromwell in 1652. Petty's! 
Survey, commenced in 1654 and finished during the regime 
of Oliver Cromwell, was the first accurate survey of Ireland. 
In it are recorded the names of the proprietors whose estates 
were confiscated, with the extent of their holdings, and in it 
can be traced the vast extent of the Fanning estates previous 
to the confiscations of 1652. 

That Edmund Fanning, the American ancestor who ap- i 
pears as the Connecticut settler in 1653, ^^ ^ Edmund, \ 
son of Francis Fanning, Mayor of Limerick, Ireland, whose 
name appears among the Connaught Certificates in 1653 
{yide^ page 32 of this work), may not appear to be estab- 
lished beyond the peradventure of a doubt, yet all the evi- . 
dence leads up to that supposition. O'Hart's correspon- 
dence with the author on this subject will be found in the 

There is no evidence whatever to show that Edmund 
Fanning was son of Dominick — in fact Dominick had no 
son Edmund — and it is believed the first and only claim 
to this theory appears on the Riverhead tombstone, erected 
in 1849, which has many glaring errors and misstatements, 
and wliich record, therefore, docs not inspire one with con- 
fidence in the belief that the "Don*:nick" statement had 
any just basis for circulation. (Ftrfc, page 780.) 

Lenihan's ''History of Limerick" was not published until 
1866, seventeen years after the erection of the tombstone, 
and the sources of information before that time were meagre. 

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Dominick and Francis had bolb been mayors of Limerick, 
and could easily have t>ecn confounded, and the fame of 
Dominick, who was beheaded for liis allegiance to. a cause, 
could utterly have obscured the true facts in the case. If 
Edmund was son of Dominick, it is singular none of his 
cliildren or any of his descendants were named after tiicir 
illustrious ancestor, for it is a fact the name Dominick does 
not appear even ottce among the thirteen hundred names in 
this work. While the identity of Edmund may not be 
proved to a certainty, there is evidence he was the son of 
Francis. There is fw evidence ho was the son of Dominick. 

It is to be regretted tliat no record can be found of Ed- 
mund Fanning's arrival in this country. Neither Hotten's 
List, Drake, or the New England Settlers, or any works on 
the subject mention his name. He may have come over 
under an assumed name, as did many first settlers. 

In the matter of the sources of information to the author, 
the manuscript of all that has most truthfully and accurately 
been borne out by the actual records, is the "Genealogical 
Narrative of the Woods and Fannings and Coffins," by 
John Coffin Wood, written about 1869. The following is 

. . . "Since the death of Aunt Hetty I have found among the 
family papers a journal in her father*5 (Phineas Fanning No. 103, 
grandson of Capt. James Fanning of L.I.) handwriting in the year 
^775* It is in my possession and I prize it highly. Its existence tvas 
not known until I found it I make the following extract, which more 
than confirms what has been given to me by Aunt Hetty.** 

Extract: '^Joamal of a voyage from Nantucket to L. Island 
1775. Saturday* April ist Very ill, sore throat, etc. Monday, lolh. 
Most well. Walked as far as ye Mayers R. Hcnchmans there, then 
walked as far as Gd Fathers (James Fanning). Caty and Fanny sick, 
the old Gcnt'n tells me of tlie Family, tells me the Family of the Fan- 
nings were something considerable near Kilkenny in Ireland, that tlie 
family had got reduced but that Edmund Fanning had married the 
Daughter of an Irisl) Earl (does not remember ye name) he was a 

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Ca)>tain iii Favour of Kinj; Cliarles, and when Cromwell conquered ; 
Ireland tic ruined innumerable multitudes of them and seized their ! 
estates — among the Rest this Edmund Fanning and his wife and son 
Edmund took their flight for New England, having left all, expecting 
to serve for their passage ; Among others they landed at New Lon- 
don. Governor Wintlirop soon made himself acqu:unted with the 
woman and perceiving her extract and that she was a woman of Sence 
and Learning, rescued them from servitude and settled them on Fish- 
er's Island, whicli was Ins, and to this day belongs to his posterity. 

•• Edmond Fanning then became one of the thirteen first Hropri- 
etors of Stonington, which his posterity hold to this Day. he had 
iive sons, Edmond bom in Ireland, Thomxs, William, James and 
John." .... 

The authenticity of the account is not questioned. Wliile 
it may contain some minor errors^ it folbws the actual rec- 
ords much more closely than tiie Lucy Fanning Watson 
manuscript. ' The account docs not stiitc Edmund Fanning 
was son of Dominick, nor that he married Catherine, daugh- 
ter of Hugh Hays, Earl of Connaught, both of which state- 
ments have been disproved. It is on the whole a remarkably 
accurate statement, as proved by the records. 

The Fannings were very zealous in their military and 
naval career and furnished a large quota of men for service 
in the wars of their country. Few families have contributed 
so largely to the sufferings of the Revolutionary War in 
particular as tliat of the Fannings, in many cases every 
male member of the family serving. By actual record over 
thirteen per cent of the male descendants of Edmund Fan- 
ning did miUtary service in the various wars. John Fanning 
Watson, the historian, in a letter written in 1835, says: 
"The War of the Revolution destroyed the whole male part '- 
of John Farming's family (No. 59) and the country never i 
bestowed one penny upon any of the heirs!" {Vidt note ; 
on page 179.) What greater heroes are there than those, 
who give their lives for their country? The Jersey Prison 

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Ship, that loathesome chamcl-housei and the Strombolo, 
had their share of Fannings. G>uld there be nobler heroes 
than those whose bones lay bleaching on the shores of the 

Whatever cause the Fannings upheld, tlicy entered into it 
with spirit, determination, and patriotisnu These are some 
of the chief characteristics that have pervaded the family 
from the beginning — patriotism and true devotion to country 
and cause, regardless of consequences. It has been said no 
Fanning was ever a traitor to country or creed. Truly their 
lives were never peaceful, and their history is a story of con- 
fiscation, sacrifice, and martyrdom from the earliest times. 

In the Fort Griswold massacre, Sept. 6, 1781, there were 
no Fannings (viJ^, "Batde of Groton Heights," by William 
W. Harris, New London, Conn., 1S70, rev. by Charles Allyn, 
1882), a fact which on first impression strikes one as singular, 
inasmuch as Groton was the particular habitat of tlie family. 
The Fannings, however, were all off to tlie war at that time. 

It may seem strange, also, that a family as prominent as 
the Fannings should not now have one descendant repre- 
sentative of that name living in Groton or Stonington. Paul 
Jones's lieutenant, and the distinguished navigator men- 
tioned by Mr. Webster and Lord Ashburton in their treaty, ' 
both Fannings, were natives of Stonington. The town of; 
Ledyard and city of New' London have each but one family ! 
of the name at the present time. ; 

If one desires to get a dear and vivid account of the daily . 
life of an early settler of the period, he has only to read the ; 
" Diary of Thomas Minor, Stonington, Conn., 1653 to 1684." 
In it are clearly portrayed the every-day events of a pioneer j 
of those times, and in it one can read the lives of many of 
the early inhabitants. 

A very careful and painstaking research was made in an 

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endeavor to connect the Southern Fannins with Edmund 
Fanning, but mthout success, hence a genealogical account, 
of the Fannins is omitted. 

The maps of the two Fanning farms, in color (as well as 
the one showing the Noank lots), are original maps. They 
were worked out personally by the author, who examined 
and became familiar with every foot of ground embraced 
therein. He measured and surveyed the entire farms, with 
all their detail, before giving it over to the civil engineers for 
confirmation and completion. 

No plan of the "Noank Lots'' that were taken from the 
Indians and distributed to the inhabitants of Groton, is 
known to be in existence, or to have ever been worked out. 
(The venerable and much loved ex-judge of probate, the 
late Hon. Richard A. Wheeler, of Stonington, told the author 
it was an impossibility to make a plan of them.) This has 
required the utmost diligence and research to perfect, but is 
given complete, and shows the location of the three hundred 
orignial lots, with the names of all the grantees except 

The Arms of Fanning are registered in Ulsters Office, 
Dublin, 1775, Ped. XI, fol. 269, as follows: 

or, a chevron gules, between three doves proper; 
for crest^ on a wreath of the colottrs a cherub proper. 
Motto: "In Deo Spes Mea." 

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The growth of nations which have become powerful 
has been remarkably steady, and has depended upon the 
superior intelligence of the race or peoples by whom they 
have been conquered. Gaul and Britain subjected by 
the Romans enjoyed for centuries the benefits of that 
degree of civilization brought by the invaders, and this 
condition was in turn superseded by that which followed 
the conquest by the Northmen. 

The Scandinavian Vikings or sea-rovers, who descended 
in hordes upon the western shores of Europe during the 
eighth, ninth and tenth centuries, were not barbarians,; 
but belonged to a race that had made considerable pro- 
gress not only in useful arts but in literature and science. 
The people of the north were possessed of- a splendid 
vitality, which united with a warlike disposition, an in-: 
domitable courage and a spirit of enterprise, enabled 
them in most instances to overcome the opposition of the 
less virile and active communities whom they attempted; 
to subjugate. In the conquered states, while they exerted: 
the controlling influence and power, they readily amalga- 1 
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and applying what they found superior to their own, and 
introducing and enforcing such forms and usages from the 
north as would improve existing conditions.^ 

In the year 912 a force of these Northmen, under their 
celebrated chief Rollo, invaded and conquered the province 
of Neustria in the north of France, which from them took 
the name of Normandy. Here they founded a mighty 
state which gradually extended its influence over the; 
principalities of Brittany and Maine. While maintaining! 
their valor and discipline, they rapidly acquired all the 
knowledge and refinement of the country in which they 
settled, intermarried with the original inhabitants, cm- 
braced Christianity, and abandoned their native speech 
for the French language. The matchless vigor of the 
Scandinavian, united with the vivacity of the Celtic Gaul, 
produced the Norman, the representative of the conquer- 
ing and ruling race of Europe ; and Normandy became 
one of the most powerful states in Christendom. In habits 
and manners the people rapidly improved. Macaulay 
says of them: "The polite luxury of the Norman pre- 
sented a striking contrast to the coarse voracity and 
drunkenness of his Saxon and Danish neighbors. He 
loved to display his magnificence, not in huge piles of 
food and hogsheads of strong drink, but in large and 
stately edifices, rich armor, gallant horses, choice falcons, 
well-ordered tournaments, banquets delicate rather than 
abundant, and wines remarkable rather for their exquisite 
flavor than for their intoxicating power. That chivalrous 
spirit which has exercised so powerful an influence on the 
politics, morals and manners of all the European nations, 

' OoChailltt : The Viking Age. 

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was found in the highest exaltation among the Norman | 
nobles. These nobles were distinguished by their graceful 
bearing and insinuating address. They were distinguished 
also by their skill in negotiation^ and by a natural eloquence 
which they assiduously cultivated. But their chief fame 
was derived from their military exploits. Every country, 
from the Atlantic Ocean to the Dead Sea, witnessed the 
prodigies of their discipline and valor.*'* 

And yet that race, as a race, has vanished. It has 
everywhere been absorbed by the conquered peoples. 
"The adventurous Normans,'' says Gibbon, "who raised 
so many trophies in France, England and Ireland, in 
Apulia, Sicily and the East, were lost in victory among 
the vanquished nations." * 

Though endowed with many noble and magnanimous 
qualities, the Normans in their love of conquest and thirst! 
for gain, often displayed much of the ferocity and wanton 
cruelty of their Scandinavian ancestors. They appro-; 
priated the lands and possessions of their vanquished foeS; 
with as little regard to right as the buccaneers of later 
times robbed their helpless victims. 

In 1066 the battle of Hastings placed William, Duke of 
Normandy, on the English throne. Never was a nation 
more gompletcly subjugated. William portioned out the; 
v/hole of England among his officers. The new proprie- 
tors erected strong military castles, and sorely oppressed 
the subject race. Cruel penal la\vs, strictly enforced, 
guarded the privileges and even the sports of the Norman 

' History of England. 

* Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire. 

'Freeman; History of the Norman Conquest, Vol. I., pp. 169, 170. 

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About one hundred years after the conquest of England 
the Normans invaded Ireland. In 1172 Henry ll., then 
the most powerful monarch in Europe, landed in Ireland, 
and received the homage of the Irish king and many of 
the princes of that country, on condition that they should 
not be disturbed in the possession of their territories. 
Not^vithstanding the treaty by which Henry bound him- 
self, he afterwards granted the whole of Ireland to ten of 
his nobles, by charter and Norman law. He also be- 
stowed the Lordship of Ireland on his son Prince John, 
Earl of Moreton, in 1185. 

The grant of Henry led to wars between the Norman 
barons and the Irish chieftains; wars carried on with 
varying success, and resulting in many Norman acquisi- ' 
tions on Irish soil. These Normans were scarcely settled : 
in their possessions when they adopted the language, ; 
habits and customs of the Irish. They intermarried with 
the natives, and became ipsis Hibemis Hiberniores, that 
is, more Irish than the Irish themselves.* Though the 
Norman-English monarchs gained nominal possession of 
Ireland and established their government in Dublin, yet 
their power was confined for centuries to some seaports 
and a limited district around that city called the English 
Pale. The great barons and chieftains ruled like inde- 
pendent princes over the greater part of the country. Jt 
was not until the reign of King James I. that English law 
was established and acknowledged over die whole island. 

' McGeoghe^n : History of Ireland. 

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The Fanning family appears to be of Norman ori^n, 
and to have come to Ireland with the first settlers of that 
race, probably in the train of the Geraldines/ as we find 
their destinies for several centuries interwoven witli the 
fate of the Desmond branch of that noble house. 

Keating, in his History of Ireland, classes the Fannings 
among the distinguished families descended from the Shan 
Gall {^^Sefi^GlioiW^ — old strangers) /a name applied by 
the ancient Irish to the Norman invaders of tlie twelfth 
century.* O'Hart and other eminent authorities make 
f.imilar statements as to the family's Norman origin, and a 
long and thorough investigation of all available sources of 
information bears out this conclusion. 

In considering the" meaning and origin of the name we 
should first notice the various ways in which it is spelled, 
though it is well to remember that spelling is not always 
a sure guide to the derivation of a name. Many names 
are spelled in a great variety of ways. Shakspere's name 
is found in at least twenty-seven,* while the name Main- 
waring appears in one hundred and thirty-one different 

^The Geraldines:— a name applied to the descendants of Maurice Fitz- 
Gerald, the son of Earl Gerald and the Princess Nesta. Maurice, who was the 
first to assume the surname of FitzGerald, accompanied Earl Strongbow to 
Ireland in 1 169» where he received large grants of land in Limerick, Thomond, 
Kildare and Wicklow from Henry zi. He had four sonst William, Baron of 
Naas; Gerald, Baron of Offaly and ancestor to the Earls of Kildare; Thomas^ 
ancestor to the ]^ls of Desmond; Alexander, who settled in England. 

*Keating's History of Ireland, translated by Dermod O'Connor, Doblio, 
1841, p. 324. 

'Barber. British Family Names, London, 1894, p. 2. 

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forms.^. In Ireland, particularly, there are found great 
variations in the spelling of names, due partly to the lapse 
of time, to igndrance, and to the use of different Ian* 
guagcs and the custom of translating names from one 
language into another. 

In the case of the name Fanning there appears to be 
more corruption in later than in earlier records. The 
present form, ending in ing^ seems to have become estab- 
lished in the sixteenth century. Then and subsequently 
we find the forms, Fanyng, Fannyng, Fannynge, Fanynge, 
Faning, Fanyin, Fannying, Fannyn, Fanningc, Fannen, 
Fanan, Fannin, and Fannon. 

According to one authority* the forms Fcnning and 
Finning also occur in recent times. There appears to be 
no ancient record, however, in which the first vowel is any- 
thing but " a." 

The earliest form of the^ name on record seems to be 
Fanyn.* This name is mentioned several times in the 
records referred to in the footnote during the period 1234- 
1304, and always with the same spelling. This form con-, 
tinues also during the first half of the fourteenth century 
in the Chancery records of Ireland.* 

About the year 1355 we find the first occurrence of a 
final "g" in these records — Fanyng. The people who 
bore this name in early times lived in the south of Ireland, 
in the counties of Limerick and Tipperary, and were 

* Lower. Fatronymica BriUanica, London, i860, p. xlx« 

* Matheson. Varieties and Synonymes of Surnames and Christian Names 
in Ireland, Dublin, 189a | 

'Calendar of Documents relating to Irclanu, preserved in Her Majesty's \ 
Public Record Office, vol i., p. 32S. I 

^Rotulorum patentium ct clausorum cancellariae Ilibcmix Cahndarium, 
Dublin, 182S. 

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influential citizens of Limerick city and Fanningstown. 
D'Alton* says, " Ortelius* map locates this family in the , 
Barony of Pobblc-Brian (Pubblebrien, Poblebrien), County 
of Limerick." 

Considering these various spellings, and remembering 
that the people of name may have been Celtic, Saxon 
or Norman, its etymology is not easily determined. Bar- 
ber* says it is Flemish and a personal name, Arthur* that 
it means ** the son of Fann," and faun in Gaelic means 
weak. It is true that the ending ing means '* son of," and 
this derivation might seem reasonable if the earliest form 
of the name had that termination. But, as has been said, 
the *' g" does not appear until one hundred and fifty years 
after the earliest record of the name in Ireland. We must 
account for the whole of the name. If merely the first part 
of the word were to be accounted for, there are various 
roots which suggest themselves. There is an Irish word, , 
fan^ which means a slope. There is the common English ' 
word, fan^ which comes from the Anglo-Saxon, fann,\ 
, a word, according to Skeat,* borrowed from the Latin j 
Ivannjts^ possibly through the French van^ and coming 
down from the root WA, to blow. This Latin word is 
akin to our wind smd vane^ so that if from this root the 
name Fanning might be kindred with the English name 
Vane. j 

There is also an old Celtic personal name Fann, the! 
designation of a woman or a fairy, found in a manuscript* 

* b'Alton. Illustrations Historical and Genealogical of King James's Irish 
Army List 1689, London, 1S61, vol. n., p. 62a 

'Barber. British Family Names, London, 1894, p. 122. 

' Arthur. An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names, New 
York, 1857, p. 127. 

^ Skeat. Principles of English Etymology, Oxford, 1887, pp. 434*5* 

*Irbchc Textc von Ernst Windisch, Leipzig, 1880, pp. 199 ct seq. 

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of about the year iioo. This name Fann exists at the 
present time.^ None of these possible derivations, how- 
ever, account for the second syllable of the word. 

One of the best authorities on surnames. Lower, says 
that the name is " probably local, and identical with the 
English Fenning."' Under Penning the same authority 
says : " May be local, but I do not find the place. I think' 
it may possibly be a Scandinavian name, and the genitive 
form, Fennings, rather confirms this view," Fenning nat-^ 
urally suggests Fcnn, which, says Lower, comes from the 
Anglo-Saxon y>//«, a bog, from residence near one. This 
is a reasonable derivation for an Irish family name, but it 
accounts rather for Fanning than for Fanyn. One might 
argue that Fanyn is a corruption, and that the original "g** 
was lost by the same tendency which we see exhibited to- 
day when illiterate people drop the *'g" of present parti- 
ciples. Assuming, then, that such was the case, and that 
the form Fanning was the cai^Uest, we are brought to the 
conclusion that we have a name of great antiquity. In 
this connection PhiUimore says:' ** Sometimes to early 
names was added the affix hig^ meaning descendants of. 
Such forms are Harding, Browning, Banning, Fenning, 
from Hard, Brun, Ban, Fen. The antiquity of these 
names, so simple in form, is so great, that it is usually 
dangerous to hazard any theory as to their origin, though 
we may conjecture that they often referred to the supposed 

* Vide London Post Office Directory. In The GentaUgisU vol in., London 
1879, p. 155, is this extract from the parish register of Radford, County Notts 
*< 1689 Thomas Charlton, Esq, and Mrs. Mary Fann roarryed January ye 9tl 
day," fotlowed by the note (in relation to Mra. Mary Fann) \ "of whose famiJ 
no particulars have been found.*^ 

'Lower. Patronyroica Brittanica, London, i860, p. 415. 

•PhiUimore. A Supplement to How to Write the Kiatoty of a Family 
London, 2S96, p, 234, 

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personal qualities of the bearer, and usually, no doubt, 
were complimentary in their character. Be this as it may, 
,we cannot doubt that they are of 'high antiqui^, far 
surpassing those of the great families which came into 
prominence after the Conquest, and bore, more frequently 
than otherwise, names of local character/' 
t . Another excellent authority on surnames is Ferguson. 
In regard to the ending ing he says:^ '' Of the two patro- 
nymic forms, ing and son^ the former is more properly 
Germanic and the latter Scandinavian. The form ing was 
discontinued about the time of the Conquest (1066), and 
.consequently all the names in which it appears are carried 
back to Anglo-Saxon times. (In some few cases, the ter- 
mination ing may be local, from ing^ a meadow, and not 
a patronymic.)'- Upon this Lower remarks:* '*I believe 
that in manyy if not most cases, the termination ing de- 
.notes the local origin, and ranks with ham^ ley^ tan. It 
signifies a meadow/' 

\, Now there are many names ending iu ing that are 
clearly of Anglo-Saxon origin. They can be traced back 
to those times. But in the case of the name Fanning, 
long before we get back to Anglo-Saxon times we lose 
the ing. All the records mentioned above,* from 1234 to 
^ 13SS, invariably spell the name Fanyn; and after careful 
search no other spelling has been brought to light during 
this period. In short the records so far as known seem 
'to show that the name is neither Anglo-Saxon nor Celtic 
in origin. 

How, then, can we account for the ingf In a word, by 
corruption. Just as there is a tendency in colloquial 

' Ferguaon. The Teutonic Nftxne-STstem, London, i8&^ P* 3 1. 
*I«ower. Patronynitca Brttannico, London, i860, p. xvii. 
*yide footnotes 3 and 4 on page 6, 

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speech to drop the g from the ending ing^ so there is a 
contrary tendency to add a g where it does not belong. 
Children and illiterate persons often say garding for 
garden, founting for fountain. Inasmuch as there is a 
large class of English names ending in ing^ a name from' 
a foreign source terminating in the form in might con-j 
ceivably take the form iiig through people's unconscious! 
desire to bring it into conformity with such names. Cor- 
ruption tends, as Ferguson well remarks, ''almost inva- 
riably towards a meaning and not away from one." 

Supposing that Fanyn is of Norman origin or represents | 
a Norman name, it can easily become Fanning. An • 
examination of the work called " The Norman People " ' 
shows many analogous cases. The English name Cum- 
mings seems to be derived from the Norman Comyn 
Manning from Maignon (Maignen), Gunning from Ginon. 
A score of other English names ending in ing appear to 
have a similar origin.* In many if not all of these cases, 
the family origin is unquestionably Norman. This is trucl 
of the Barringtons,* e. g., whose name was spelled succes-,r 
sively, Barentin, Barentyn, Barenton, Barcntine, till at; 
length it took the English form of Barrington. 

In the thirteenth century there was a'^vide prevalence 
of Norman names in Ireland in consequence of the Anglo 
Norman invasion. The same thing was true also of Eng- 
land. Indeed, Norman names in both countries seem to] 
have been more numerous than has commonly been sup-,' 
posed. "Throughout all the records and rolls of thef' 


^The Norman People, Anon., London, 1874. [ 

'Vide in *The Norman People" the names Aveling, Barington, Bowring; 

FttUing, Flickling, Hodding, Jennings, Kipling, Mannering, MuUings, Pinch ^ 

ing, Rawling, Rosliug, Waring, Welling. 
'Lower. Patronymtca Britannica, London, i860, p. 19. 

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twelfth and thirteenth centuries," says Bardsley,* "we find, ' 
with but the rarest exceptions, all our personal names to 
be Norman." 

The author of "The Norman People" examined the 
London Post Office Directory of 1870, and compared it 
with other records to ascertain what proportion of Eng- [ 
land's surnames were Norman in origin. He found that 
6,900 names out of a total of 29,000 in round numbers 
were Norman. He inferred that the Normans who came 
over in the eleventh century were not merely the aris- 
tocracy but the commonalty also, and that about one 
fourth of the English people are of Norman origin. 

" The writer had been under the impression that heredi- 
tary surnames, like armorial bearings, were in early times 
peculiar to the higher classes, and that it was not till two 
or three centuries after the Conquest that their example 
was followed by the middle and lower classes. But it now 
became evident that hereditary surnames were in use by 
all classes in Normandy in the middle of the eleventh: 
.century. They descended from that date both in Norman 
and English branches of the same families, and it may 
well be conjectured that these names may have been pre- 
served more frequently by the descendants of the middle 
'classes than by those of the aristocracy, for the latter con- 
tinually exchanged their Norman names for those of their 
manors, whereas the former had no such inducement to 

So true is this that some of our common names can , 
only be understood by a study of their origin. The names, 
je. g., of Mudd and Gotobed are ridiculous till we learn 
that their Norman origin was Mode and Godbert. 

* Bardsley. English Sunuuxics, Londoii« 1897, P- 'S* 
'The Norman People, Anon., London, 1874, pp. 39, 40. 

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It is altogether probable that Fanyn is of Normar 
origin. In the first place it does not look like an Irisl* 
nanie» nor does it mean anything as an English name 
Again it first occurs in records at the time of the Anglo- 
Norman invasion, and often in connection with other' 
names unmistakably Norman. Either for these reasons, 
or for others more convincing, two Irish authorities, 
O'Hart^ and Keating,* distinctly place the Fannings among 
Anglo-Norman families. 

If the Fannings came from Normandy they certainly 
left no trace of their name in England. It is not found 
on the Roll of Battle Abbey nor on the other lists of 
those who came over with William the Conqueror. There 
were, however, many Norman families in Great Britain 
and Ireland whose names do not appear on those lists,- 
Assuming, then, a Norman origin, we are led to inquire 
what Norman French this name represents. Fanyn is 
not in itself a French wo'rd. n A word that is suggestec s 
by it is f anon J meaning a military ensign or flag. This; 

name exists in Paris at the present time.* 

It is also^ 

enumerated in Larchey's Dictionary of Names* as a sur- 
name of northern France. The v/ord fanon has been im- 
ported into English, and was formerly spelled fanoniy 
fanune^ fanun, fanen} It is the.' same word that appear* 
\c. gonfalon (more properly /^^^(/^icp;<). This word is akin 
to the Anglo-Saxon fana and. pic, 'frn German fakne^ 
Ferguson considers that there is bur*$light trace of this 

^(yHort Irish Pe<Ugrees, third Edition, Dublin, zS$3. p. 454- 
* Keating. The History o{ Ireland, translated by John O'Mahony, Ncv 
York, 1866, pp. 650-2. 
•Vide Annuaire-Almanach du Commerce de Yz:^^ Didot-Bottin, Paris, 1900 
^Larchey, Dictionnaire des Noms, Parw, iSSo, p. :5?, 
*Vidc The Century Dictionan*, under fanon. 

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n \ 

i/ord in ancient names^ but connects with it the English 
surnames, Fann, Fanny, Fenn» Fennell, Fanline» Fenlon» 
and Fannon, and the French names Fano, Fan6, Fcnaille, 
penelon, and Fannon/ It seems entirely possible, ilfanon 
was spelled fanun and fanen in England, that it might 
have htcomtf anyn in Ireland. 

It is true, perhaps, as Ferguson says/ that " in an age 
when war was the main business or man, names taken from 
the pastime in which he delighted, and the weapons in 
>hich he trusted, were as natural as they were common,'' 
ind also that '' there are probably as many names from 
this source as from all other sources put together." On 
.the other hand it is not easy to see why a man should be 
named ^a^. It may be said that we have the name Flagg 
I n English, but Ferguson says this, may be from the Anglo- 
Saxon yfojgTfl:;i, to fiy or put to flight It may also be a 
place name — "The man who lives where the flags grow." 
We can understand the nzm^ Jla^^-man (Fanner, German 
Pfanner^ French Fanniire) better than flag. As a ruie 
surnames were given for one of four reasons : to desig- 
nate a man's family descent, his place of residence, 
his occupation, or some characteristic outer or inner. 
As has been said, however, the name of Fauon occurs, 
iilthough no ancient record of it has come to light and 
nothing resembling it appears in the Great Rolls of the 
Exchequer of Normandy, mentioned below — a vast store- 
bouse of Anglo-Norman names. If the name Fanning is 
From this old French fanan^ its warlike suggestion is 
entirely in keeping with the fighting qualities that have 
always characterized the family. 

* Ferguson. The Teatonic Ntune-System. London, 1S64, pp. 233-4. 
MblcL^p. 161. 

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Another possible ori(;iii of the name Fanyn is the 
French name Fcnin, which occurs in Arras, in Artois, 
during the early part of the fifteenth century. A certain 
Pierre de h'cnin (or l''cnin) is the reputed author of a 
Chrouiqttc ccivcriii^ Ihc years I/I07-27.* He was of noble 
family, and prcfccl of the cily of Arras. dyinj{ in 1433. 
There is a doubt, however, about the form of this name; 
it may have been Fevin, or Fcuin, or Fenin, or Fenin. 
The best authority considers it to be I'^cnin and to have 
been derived from a locality in Artois. No earlier men- 
tion of the name has come to li{;ht, and its connection 
with Fanyn — which at firsl :il|',ht seems close — is at pres- 
ent only a matter of conjecture. 

There is, however, one remaining supposition as to the 
derivation of the name. The ancient form Fanyn has 
suggested to some minds the French word faineant^ do- 
nothing (cf. our common name Doolittle). This word 
used collectively in the expression **Les Rois faineants" 
had a v^ry early application in France, as it was a com- 
mon designation in history of the last princes of the 
Merovingian Dynasty, 511-752. How ancient is the 
French use of the word is not clear. It was also applied 
in particular to Louis v., the last king of the lincof Char- 
lemangc, 987.* 'l"hus early it was an established surname. 
Several inslauccs of this name at later dates are conclusive 
of its occurrence in Normandy about the twelfth and thir- 
teenth centuries. Moisy 'cites among other ancient Norman 

' Mcmoires de P. dc Fenin. Soc. de rilisloire dc Fnince, Paris, 1S37. 

*LcsGrandcs Chroniqucs dc France, Paris, 1S37. De Loys ct dc Carle- 
maine vxr. "Apres luy rcgna son fils qui par sumom fu appcle Fai-Noient." 

•Moisy. Noms de Famille Nonnands, Paris 1875, p. x. The name occurs 
in a MS. "appartenant i la ville de Ltsteux» le Cartulaire dePEvachSde Lisieux," 
p. iS. 

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family names that of Radulphus Faii-nietit, and speaks 
of It as a name having its origin "i la personne morale."' 
Codcfroy,* in his Dictionary of Old French, quotes the 
name Guillaume Faytteant at Nevers, lA^g. To come 
nearer to the time of the Anglo-Norman invasion we find 
several entries of the name on the Great Rolls of the Ex- 
chequer of Normandy.* From 1195 to 1203 there occur 
the names Johannes Fainiant and Willelmus Fait Neient 
in various spellings: Faitnient, Fainent, Fanient, etc., 
many times. 

It is possible, even probable, that this name occurring 
in Normandy just before the name Fanyn first appears 
in Ireland, may have passed over into the form Fanyn, 
and then in a foreign country where its meaning soon 
became forgotten have remained, and finally by assimila- 
tion become Fanning; while at length in its own land 
it died out.. So conclusive, indeed, do these facts and 
considerations seem to the author of "The Norman 
I'eople," that he states positively that the name Fanning 
comes from the French name Faineant connecting with 
it the names Fannin, Fannon, and Fenning. While this 
derivation may not seem established beyond doubt, it is, 
all things considered, the most likely supposition so far 
advanced, and it is doubtful if any more salisfactory con- 
clusion could be arrived at by further research. 

' Codefroy. Dictionnaire de I'Anciennc I^Angue Fron9fti»c du ix au xv 
Siicle, Paris, 1S9S, vol. 9, p. 593. 

*Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normannix; t 15-17 in the Meinoircs de la So- 
cictc des Antiquaires de la Normandie, Paris, 1S45. 

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In the early part of the thirteenth century Richard 
Fanyn (Fanning) received grants of land in lUinratty, 
County Ch'irc, from the Earl Marshal of Ireland, Ix)rd de 
Clare. This Richard Fanninjj afterwards joined Richard 
Marshal, Earl of Pembroke, in a rebellion against the 
king, Henry III., in which war he was slain. On Septem- 
ber 30th, 1234, the king granted his estates to Luke, 
Archbishop of Dublin, " to hold till Richard's [Fanning's] 
heirs make a fine with the King for his transgression in 
standing against the King in that war."' 

Walter Fanning was one of twelve commissioners ap- 
pointed by Henry ill. to hold an inquisition concerning 
charges made by Donatus O'Kcnnedy, Bishop of Killaloe, 
of the alienation of certain lands at Roscrea belonging to 
the bishopric. The inquisition was held at Roscrea on 
the 5th of July, 1245, and found in favor of the bishop, 
and the lands were restored to him.* 

Richard Fanning was one of an influential commission 
appointed by the viceroy (Sir Geoffrey de Genevill), 
which sat in Limerick on the 22d of November, 1275. 
This commission, which consisted of twenty-four members, 
presided over by Lord Eustace de Roche, was appointed 
to inquire into certain matters touching the belter govern- 
ment of the city of Limerick.* 

'^Calcnilnr of Documents relating to Ireland prcserred In Her Majesty's 
Public Kccord OfTice, Lomlciii, 1171-1251. l£ilited by II. S. Swcetman, 
London, 1S75, P- 3^« ' Ibid., p. 41 1. 

'At that tiQie the inhabitants of the city of Limerick included, besides Irish 
and Danish families, many of Welsh, Norman, Spanish, Italian and English 
extraction. In 1 197 the city was {granted a charter by Prince John as Lord of 
Ireland, by which the freeholders were empowered to elect annually a mayor, 
two bailiffs or sheriflS| aldehnen and burgesses for the government of the city. 

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This Richard Fanning is entered on the records under 
date of September i8th, 128/9 as a free tenant of the 
barony of Bu»ratty» County Clare, possessing two and a 
half villatcs,* and bqe townland or quarter in Balncvan and 
B;ilyngil» for which he paid a crown-rent of eight marks 
per year.* By letters patent dated 26th of November, 
1279, King Edward I. granted to Thomas Fanning, son 
of the above mentioned Richard Fanning, half a knight's 
fee in the lands of Gothementhan, County Kilkenny.* 

William Fanning is recorded as an extensive landovmer 
in ihc barony of Connello, County Limerick, in 13 10.* 

Richard Fanning is recorded as a landed proprietor in 
the barony of Pubblebrien, County of Limerick in I346.* 
John Fanning was one of sin influential commission, 
deputed in 1346, to examine the fitness of the guardians I 
of the peace and the adequacy of the array of grand Jurors \ 
for the County of Limerick/ j 

Simon Fanning is recorded as a landed proprietor of ' 
the County of Limerick in 1355.^ 

Thomas Fanning is recorded as a landed proprietor of 
the County of Limerick in 1409-* 

Nicholas Fanning was high constable of the barony of 
Connello in 1426.* 

Richard Fanning served as an officer under Thomas, 
Ninth Earl of Desmond, during the Wars of the Roses. 

' A villate consisted of seven townlaaib; « townlaod was from 120 to 450 
seres in extent. 

* Calendar of Oocumcnts, etc., 1285-1293. Sweetman. I^. 207, 208. 
' Ibid., 1252-12S4, p. 325. ^IbiiL, 1310, p. 247, 

* Records ?f Ireland, Royal Irish Academy, Vol. ii., p. 21 6. 

* D* Alton. Illustrations Historical and Genealogical of King James's Irish 
Army List, 1CS9, London, 1S61, Vol. n., p. 620. *Ibid. 

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He died of wounds received at the battle of Wexford in 

David I^'tnniiig was aiiscssor of the city of Limerick in 

Walter FanninR; is reconled as a landed proprietor in 
the barony of Pubblcbrion in 1501. He was high con- 
stable in 1499.* 

Richard Fanning is mentioned among the officers slain 
at the battle of Mourne Abbey in August, 1521. This 
battle was fought between the forces of the Earl of Des- 
mond and those of the allied chieftains of South Munster 
under McCarthy More. Desmond was defeated with the 
loss of over one thousand slain, including the Farl's uncles, 
John and Gerald, and many of his leading officers/ 

Simon Fanning is recorded in 1532 as possessing es- 
tates in the barony of Pubblebrien.* He held the offices of 
high constable of that barony in 1540, and alderman of 
the city of Limerick.* 

* Stubbs. Chronicles of the Middle Ages, p. 367. It may not be out of 
place to state here that Karl Thomas of Desmond, like nil the Gcraldines, was 
a staunch supporter of the IIoui»c of York. He was a grvut favorite wtA one 
of the chief advisers of Kin;; Edward I v. When that monarch was seated on 
the throne he consulted Desmond as to the best means of sccurin;; the perma- 
nency of what he hmt gained by the swortl. 'i'hc Karl advised liiui lo put 
awtiy his ipiccn, the Lady Kli/.abcth Grey, as a means of eoncilialing (he pow* 
erful l£iirl of Warwick then in urnnt n(;nim(t Kilwtird. Thi!* coniin|» (o (lie ears 
of the queen, she and her adherents conspired to destroy Karl lliomas. When 
he arrived in Ireland he was seized on a charge of treason and, after a mock 
trial, beheaded at Droghcda in 1467. The King, when apprised of the fate 
of his favorite, took immediate and stringent measures for the punbhment of 
the conspirators; doubtless urged thereto by the four sons of Desmond who 
flew to arms to avenge their father's death. 

*Lenihan. Limerick : its History and Antiquities, p. 139. 

* Records of Ireland, Vol. ni., pp. 87, 154. 

*0*Daly. The Rise, Increase, and Exit of the Geraldincs. Translated by 
C. P. Mcehan. Second edition, Dublin, 1878, p. 48. 

'State Papers, Hardy, 1532, p. 371, "Ibid., 1540, p. 298. 

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Sir Gerald Aylmer, Viceroy of Ireland, visited Limerick 
on the 13th of February, 1542, and appointed a commis- 
siofi of eighteen free and lawful men to inquire into the 
disposal of the property of the suppressed monasteries. 
r.jtrick and William Fanning (both aldermen) served on 
this commission, which found that Alderman Simon Fan- 
ning held three acres of land in the Liberties of Limerick 
in fee simple, from the prior of Kilmainham. It also found 
that Tatrick Fanning held a house in Creagh lane from the 
^arnc priof.* 

This commission also took into consideration the com- 
plaints of the. merchants of Limerick against the tributes 
levied by the O'Cahaines of Kilrush, the O'Connors of 
I'oyncs, and the possessor of every castle between Lim- 
erick and the sea. They instanced the exhorbitant trib- 
ute of six shillings and sixpence levied on John Fanning's 
ship by Shickus O'Cahaineof Kilrush on the loth of the 
preceding December.* This sum may seem at the present 
lime an insignificant tribute, but gold and silver were very 
scarce in the reign of Henry VIII. A baron of the Court 
of Kxchcqucr received at that time only £.\6, i^s, ^d per 

Nicholas Fanning was appointed to the office of Clerk 
of the Pleas of the JCxchc(|ucr on the 271I1 of December, 
1541, and on the accession of lidward VI. the office was 
confirmed to him on the 28th of April, I547-' 

Thomas Fanning was treasurer to Gerald, sixteenth Earl 
of Desmond, popularly known as Garrett More or the 
Great. This Earl Gerald was the most powerful subject 
in the Hritish Islands. He held sway over a territory one 

* Lcnihan. Limerick : its History and Antiquities, second edition, Dublin, 
I W4, i»|i. 89, 90. • Ibid. 

'Calciular of tlic Patent and Qose Rolls of Chancery in Ireland. Morrin. 
Dublin, i86i~2, vol. I., pp. 6S, X41. 

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hundred .iiid fifty miles \o\\^ niul fifty miles wide, and con- 
taining over six hundred lliousahd acres. His jurisdiction 
was acknowledged by chiefs anil nobles of high degree; 
he kept five Iiundred knights in his service, and ruled like 
an independent prince, paying only nominal allegiance to 
his sovereign; 

In March, \^^'^^ Onoria, the daughter of Earl Gerald 
and the Countess of Desmond, was espoused to the son of 
McCarthy More. By direction of the Earl, his treasurer, 
Thomas Fanning, sent letters by a messenger (Robert 
Remon) to Queen Mary apprising her of the espousal and 
requesting her sanction of the union.* 

In 157s Thomas Fanning negotiated and was one of the 
witnesses to the assignment of the castle and manor of 
Inchiquin, near Youghal, to the Earl of Desmond, by Lady 
Katherine, the dowager Countess of Desmond.' This Lady 
Katherine was born in 1464, married in 1483 her kinsman 
Thomas, who afterwards became the twelfth Earl of Des- 
mond, and died in 1604 in the 140th year of her age. 
Sydney, Earl of Leicester, thus quaintly describes the 
death of this famous lady: "Shec might have lived much 
longer had slice not melt with a kind of violent dcalh ; for 
shce must needs climl) a nult-tree, to gather nutls, soe, 
falling down, shce hurt her tliigh, which brought a fever, 
and that brought death."* 

The Thomas I'anning here mentioned resided in You- 
ghal. He witnessed the deed of assignment made by the 
Lady Katherine to the Earl of Desmond, which was re- 
corded in the Court of Exchequer, Dublin, in 1587. 

* Calendar of the State Papers relating to Ireland, etc., 1509-1573. llamfl- 
ton. London, 1S60, p. 143. 

* Burke. Vicissitudes of Families, 2d series. London, i860, p. 409. 
?Ibid., p. 416. 

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There was «inothcr Thomas Fanning, a clergyman and 
treasurer of Limerick Cathedral from I $57 to 1583, who 
resided In the city of Limerick.* 

Clement Fanning was elected sheriff of the city of Lim- ; 
crick in. 1 55 1 • In 1 554 he went to Paris in behalf of some 
Limerick merchants who had been despoiled of their goods 
by French pirates. Writing to Queen Mary, under date 
of 3ii of October, 1554, Dr. Wotton, the English envoy, 
says: "I obtained judgment for some Irishmen of Lim- I 
crick for whom one Clement Fanning is solicitor here by j 
which sentence the King himself and the Duchess of Va- i 
Icntinois arc condemned for some part of the goods \ 
spoiled which came to their use."* Clement Fanning i 
served as mayor of Limerick in 1557-8. Among the 
decrees recorded during his term was one dated 12th of 
May, 1558, in the suit of Christopher Creagh against 
George Roch Fitz-Jurdaine, touching injury done by de- ■ 
fcndant to plaintiff's " great stone-house." A warrant was 
issued by the said mayor to put the decree into execution. 
George Sexton, the sheriff, records the execution on the ; 
same date.* In 1559 Clement Fanning was chosen to 
represent the city of Limerick in the Irish Fariiament.* 
On the 14th of September, 1561, a writ kA tMimus potcs- \ 
tatcm was directed to him and Kdward yVrlliur to examine 
such witnesses as Peter White should produce to certain 
Inlcrrogatories annexed in perpcUtam rci incmoriam con- 

^ Uredy. Episcopal Succcation In Englaiul, Scotland and In:1aml» vol. nu 
p. 29. 

•Calcndnr of Slate Papers, Foreign Scries, of the Rcign of Mary, 155 j- 
155*. Edited by WiUiam B. TurnbuU. London, 1861, p. 123- 

'Calendar of the Patent and Close Rolls of Chancery in Ireland. Morrin. 
Dublin, 1861-2, vol. I., p. 393. 

^Lcnihan. Limerick 1 its History and Antiquities. Second etlition, Dub- 
lin. 18S4, p. 741. 

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ccrning his right to two water-mills on the Shannon be- 
queathed to hini by Fvathcrinc Arthur, widow of Edmund 
Lang. The evidence in ihis c;ise is given at length in the 
chancery records of the lime.* 

Clement Fanning suffered heavy loss of property by the 
rebellion of the Earl of Desmond. During his first re- 
bellion the Earl was wounded and taken prisoner in a 
battle fought near Lismore in 1573. Queen Elizabeth, 
finding that the war was still succcssfidly prosecuted by 
James lMt/.niauricc, Desmond's able general, and fearing 
it might spread through the whole of Ireland, released 
him in 1574 on his assurance of good will and fealty to 
her in all things that did not conflict with his duty to God. 
The Earl being again suspected of rebellious designs, or 
the English government deeming the time propitious to 
destroy his power, the Lord Justice, Sir William Pelham, 
was ordered to visit his dominions. Pelham arrived in 
the City of Limerick in October, 1579. Here he was 
waited on by Nicholas Stritch, the mayor, who presented 
him a thousand well armed citizens. With this force Sir 
William marched to Fanningstown (then the property of 
Clement I'annint;), where he encamped, using the cas- 
tle as his headquarters. He immediately dis()'atclied a 
letter to the Earl of Desmond (then at Askeaton) requir- 
ing his presence at Fanningstown. In reply the Earl sent 
his Countess with the following letter: 

Askeiten^ 2y October^ ^579* 

The Earl of Desmond to Lord Jusiice Pkuiam, 

I have received your letter. As I cannot presently 
repair lo your Ilonuur, I have sent my wife to declare the causes 

'Calendar uf the Patent and CIobc Rulls of Chancery In Ireland. 
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of my present stay, and how roy country has been burnt and 
fjHiilcd, my castles taken, and myself misused by Sir Nicholas 
Mailiic. Signed: Desmond.* 

The causes stated by the Countess did not prove satis- 
factory to the Lord Justice and his Council, They forth- 
wjlh proclaimed Gerald, Earl of Desmond, a rebel. On 
ihc J7th of October, 1579, the following proclamation 
was issued to the people of the province of Munstcr: 

A letter given at our camp at Fanningstown from the Lord 
Justice and Council to sundry men in Munster. These are to 
require you to put yourself and your whole forces in readiness to 
serve her Majesty upon one hour's warning. 

Signed : W. Pelham, 

Tho. Ormound^ 

Ni. Malbie, 

Ed. Waterhouse.* 

On the same day letters were dispatched to the noble- 
men, chief gentlemen and towns of Munstcr requiring 
them to join the Lord Justice at Kanningstown with their 
furccs. On the 28th of October letters to the same pur- 
port were sent to the mayor of Limerick and Sir Jnmcs 
Filz-Gcrald of Imukilly.^ 

A war ensued which lasted four years, during which the 
territory of Desmond was reduced to a state of desolation. 
At length, after his army was destroyed or dispersed, the 
old Earl and his Countess sought safety with a few of his 
attendants among the mountains of Kerry, with a price 
set on his head. In this retreat he was discovered in 
November, 1583, and immediately killed and decapitated. 

*Caleiiaar of the Carew MoQuscriptt, 1575-1588, Londoo, 1868, p. i6o. 
•I bill., |>. 159. 'Ibid^ pp. 159, 160. 

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His head was sent to Loudon and [ilaccd on a spike in an 
iron cage on the Tower.* 

The vast territory of Desmond was tlicreupon confisca- 
ted and divided anionjj; the olFiccrs of the ICnylish army 
and certain persons called adventurers because they had 
adventured or advanced funds for the prosecution of the 

The confiscation of Fan'ninpstown was contested by 
Clement Fanning, who took no part in the rebellion, on the 
plea that Fanningstown was entailed on him as heir-at-law 
and that it was not held directly from the Karl of Des- 
mond. His pleading was unsuccessful, the Court deciding 
that the rights of the Queen superseded and were para- 
mount to any claim he could produce. On the 4th of 
March, 1589, Edward Mainwaring of Cheshire, England, 
was granted the Castle and 2,400 acres of the lands 
of Fanningstown manor. William Candish, of the same 
shire, was granted the townlands of Castle, Cloghtach and 
the rest in Poblcbrian amounting to 2000 acres.* 

We have no record of the other Fannings whose lands 
were confiscated at this period, the custom being to oust 
the proprietors and install the new settlers without any 
process i>f law. ' 

Fanningstown was one of the castles abandoned by the 
English in 1598, during the rebellion headed by Hugh 
O'Neil, Earl of Tyrone. Of this the Lord Deputy com- 
plains bitterly in the following words:* **I marvel at him 

> O'Daly. I1ie Rise, Increase, and Exit of the Geraldines. I^ranslated by 
C. P. Mcchan. Second edition, Dublin, 1878, pp. 123, 4. 

•Oilemlar of the State Papers relating to Ireland, 1588-1593. Hamilton. 
London, 18S5, p. 133. 

'Calendar of the State Papers relating to Ireland, 1 598-1 599. Atkinson. 
London, 1895, P- 325. 

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[William Maimvaring] more than iit all the rest, consider- 
ing his old occupation in England, acquainted with all 
robbers and thieves in the land, th<nt the rebels in Ireland, 
bruu{;hC up in the same school, would not favour him, or 
at least that he had none of his school-points to defend 

I'rom the Mainwaring family Fanningstown passed into 
ihc possession of the family of Jackson, originally of Dud- 
dington, Northamptonshire. Hamilton Llewellyn Jackson, 
having succeeded to the Gould estates of Upwcy, Dorset- 
sliire, changed his name to Hamilton Llewellyn Gould by 
royal license dated 20th of April, 1871. On his death 23d 
of April, i873x his son George Thomas Ingelheim Gould 
succeeded to the estates of Upwey and Fanningstown.^ 

Clement Fanning had a son Patrick Fanning,* who will 
be referred to later. 

George Fanning, son of Alderman William Fanning, 
was elected sheriff of the City of Limerick in 1564, 
and served as mayor during two terms, being chosen to 
that office in 1572 and 1588. During his first term the 
Desmond war commenced and was the cause of great dis- 
tress to the city. On the rst of September, 1572, Mayor 
I'anniiig wrole to the Lord President of Munster, apprising 
him that "James Fitzmaurice, Ulick, son of the Earl of 
Clanrycard, Shane M'Oliverus, and a great force passed 
the Shannon with O'Madden's assistance." • 

' Uurke. A GencalogicAl and Heraldic History of the Landed Gcntij of 
Orcai Britain and Ireland. London, 1879, vol. I., p. 668. 

•O' I fart. Irtili Pcdii^recs, third edition, p. 454. . 
'Calendar of the State Papers relalini; to Ireland^ 1 509-1 573. 
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In 1583 George raiiiiing applied to the Lord President 
for relief from the exactions of coyne and livery to which 
his tenants were subjixlod. The following proclamation 
was tliereu|K)n issnei! fnmi Innis, nnder the signet of ihc 
Province, on the 23d of June, 1583 : 

"The Governor and Council of Connaught and Thomond to 
the Earl of Thomond, the ShcrifTand Uu(h:r Sheriff of Clare, and 
the Seneschall of Daiigenyvigiu ; forbidding them to exact br 
impose on the lands of Ballycharaghe and Lysmoltyne any kind 
of imposition, cess, coyne or livery for themselves, their men, 
horses or hoys; <'ie«)ri;e Kainiing, of F.ihierick, having c'oni|il:iincd 
that they had cxactutl meat, drink, money and divers other 
charges, whereby the lands were made waste and the tenants 
driven to fly and depart, to his great hindrance and undoing ; 
and Fanning is authorized to resist the imposition by all the good 
means in his power. 

Nicholas Malbie, Thomas Dvllon, Thomas Arthur, 
D. Thomond, Anthony Brab.\20n, Merbury." * 

In 15S8 the seaports of Ireland were alarmed by the 
appearance of Spanish warships on the coast. George 
Fanninij, then mayor of LiaicricU for the second time, 
wrote to the iiKiyor of VVatorfurd informing him of llic 
appearance of sonu? Spanish vessels off the western coast. 
On the 1 2th of September he received a letter from 
Nicholas Cahanc of Kilrush, coroner for Clare, apprising 
him of the wreck of two Spanish ships and the departure 
of the others, and requesting his worship's good favor 
with the Lord Deputy for his (Cahane's) advancement. 
At midnight of the same date Mayor Fanning sc»'t a 

' Calendar of the Patent and Qosc Rolls of Chancery in Ireland. Morrin. 
Dublin, 1 86 1-2, vol. 11., p. 77. 

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(iispatth to the mayor of Waterford acquainting him with 
the "happy news of the departure of the Spaniards/'* 

In the settlement of Thomond in 1585 George Fanning 
was one of tliose who signed an indenture by which the 
lords spiritual and temporal, chieftains, gentlemen, etc., 
agreed to hold their lands direct from the crown, Sir John 
Tcrrott, Lord President of Munster, acting on behalf of 
the Queen, The ancient custom was to hold title from 
the great territorial barons and chieftains, they holding 
title from the sovereign.' 

Alderman James Fanning, who was mayor of Limerick in 
1584, returned from a voyage to Spain in 1591. Accord- 
ing to the laws and custom of the time he was examined 
by the government authorities, tiie examination being held 
on the 6th of May, when he gave the following informa- 
tion : — ^The bishops of Spain are appointed to raise 6,000 
horsemen and a number of footmen to march by land to 
France to aid the Leaguers against the King. A subsidy 
of eight millions is to be levied upon all the inhabitants of 
Spain yearly for six years. Thirteen millions of gold 
arrived from the Indies. The King of Spain will not ven- 
ture the gold by sea for fear of ICnj;lislunen. An Knirlish 
ship bearing the Flemish colors was laden with about 
twelve cannon at Cadiz and stole away from that port 
with the booty. Sickness in Spain by reason of the cold. 
Three English ships were assaulted by seven galleys. 
Sonie out of the galleys boarded one of the ships, and 
the captain fired his ship and was burned, but some of 
the seamen escaped to the galleys and were discharged. 

' Calendar of the State Papers relating to Ireland, I58S-I592. Hamiltoiu 
Ixindun, 1885, p. 38. 

'Calendar of the Patent and Close Rolls of Chancery In Ireland. Morrio. 
DuUUn, 1861-2, vol. n., p. 138. 

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Bartholomew Stackpoll, merchant of Limerick, agreed 
with the aforesaid James Kamiing.* 

Patrick Fanning, son of Clement Fanning of Fannings- 
town, was elected sheriff of the city of Limerick in 1576.* 
An inquisition taken at Sixmilcbridge, County Clare, on 
the 3d of April, 1626, found that Patrick Fanning died on 
the 1st of Juiie, 1612, being then owner of IJallyarrily 
(Mount Ivers) and of Ballynevan, in the County Clare, 
and found that Clement Fanning, his son and heir, of full 
age, assigned these lands to Thomas Rourke and Philip 

Clement Fanning, son of Patrick I^'anning, was elected 
sheriflT of Limerick in 1595, and mayor in 1610.* He had 
sons Simon, Edward and Francis. Edward, the second son 
of Clement Fanning, had a daughter Phyllis, who married 
James Rice of Ballymuddel, who died 24th of February, 
i636.' The issue of this marriage was eight sons and 
three daughters. Sir Stephen Rice, the fifth son, was 
bred to the law and became a Baron of the Court of Ex- 
chequer on the 1st of June, 1686, and Chief Baron of 
that Court on the iith of April, 1687. From him the 
present Lord Monleagle (Spring-Kice) is descended.* 

*CuIciHtnr uf ilic Stale rapcrji relntiii); to Irctniul, 15SS-1593. UaiuiUon. 
London, 1SS5, p. 392. 
' Lcnihaii. Limerick : its Plbtory, etc., second edition, p. 699, 
'Frost. The History and Topography of the County of Clare. Dublin, 

l893» p. 309. 

^Lenihan. Limerick: its History, etc^ second edition, pp. 700, 701. 

•Ibid., pp. 115,308. 

* An Edward Fanning of Limerick, perhaps a son, made his will some time In 
February, 26S5, with bis own hands, the witnw^scs being Andrew Power, John 
Croagh and Robert Croagh, in which he bequeathed all his real and personal 
estate to Sir Stephen Rice, next of kin, etc., but the will was lost. Six articles 
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Kdward Faixning had a son Nicholas, who was sheriff 
ii) 1623 and mayor pf Umerick 1630.* He is referred to 
in Simon Fanning's will in 1636 as Alderman Nicholas 
Fanning (Fitz-Edward), and by the provisions of the will 
WAS made one of the '•overseers" to the executors.' 

After the confiscation of his landed property he was 
transplanted to Connaught in 1653-4.* 

Simon Fanning, the eldest son and heir of Clement 
Fanning, married Joan, daughter of Dominick Arthur 
of Limerick.* He served as sheriff in 1600, and was 
elected to the mayoralty in 1615. He resided in Limerick 
in St. Mary's Parish. His "stone-house" was bounded 
on the cast by Francis Fanning's stone-house, on the west 
by John Stritch's stone-house, on the north by Creagh's 
land, and on the south by Edmund Fanning's lands.* An 
inquisition held at Limerick by Sir John Davies, the King's 
Attorney-General, on the 18th of March, 1615, found that 
Simon Fanning was possessed of part of the lands of Rat- 
wyrd, Gortcardbohcr, Gortrcbowley, Ralhgreylan and Ard- 
ncvcdogc, being part of forty ploiiglilands which were 

tlic will), tu vrhkii lio iiccin:! tu Imvo |:ivcii »»li2if.iclory rc|>Iir^ niul mlniiniii- 
lr«tiuii wiia KriuiicU lu liiin u» Sir Stc|>I)cii Kicc, KiiIk^i^ >*(*«( ii**^^ *'' !»(**• **" 
12\ v( Hccciiilmr, kW;;.— [I'ilc:* of rublic Kecunl udtcc, OuMiiiJ. 

* Lcnthaii. J Jmcrick : its History, etc., secoiul edition, p. 702. 

* Vide copy of Simon Fanning's will in Appendix. 

'lu the tUcs of the PubUc Record Office, Dublin, is the will of Nicholas 
hannini; of Lcspopcll, dated 5th January, 1659, probated 15th April, i60o. 
It uicutions roster son Bartholomew Lynch, son-in-law Nicholas Gallon, eldest 
sun and eldest daughter of Bartholomew Lynch, Patrick Fanning, Margaret 
Cunnell, Richard Bcrmcngom. lie directs that his body be buried in <« St. 
Andrew's Church, Wcspalstown" (the Parish of Westpalstown, now included 
In Uonniethan and the NauU County Dublin North). Whether this Nichobs 
was Edward's son is not apparent 

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granted by Henry \\\. to tlie Leper Hospital, and which 
on the suppression of the monasteries and other religious 
houses reverted to the crown.* On May lOth, 163 1, he 
obtained permission IVi)m tlic Court of Exchequer to sell 
the lands uf I'arkc and liallymackinc in the County of 
Limerick to Thomas Power of Limerick,' Simon Fanning 
died on the 7th of March, xtid'-T, leaving five sons:* (i) 
Dominick; (2) John^ who married Mary, daughter of 
Patrick Hogan of KiUamcna, County Chire; (3) Jkutholo- 
mew; (4) Richard; (5) James, who married Katherine, 
daughter uf Alderman Michael Stritch* of Limerick; and 
two daughters, Joan and Anne,* one uf whom married 
James Strilch lMl/.-William. 

There was a Thomas Mtz-VVilliam Fanning who was 
one of the Civil Survey jurors appointed in 1635 by the 
Earl of Strafford (then Viceroy) to inquire into the titles 
by which the landowners of the County Clare held their 
estates.* In 1652 he was one of the assessors appointed by 
the Corporation of Limerick to apportion the exhorbitant 
taxes levied on the city for the support of the Cromwellian 

^Lcnihan. Limerick: its History, etc., second edition, pp. 138, 139. 

* Calendar of the Patent ami CIusc Rolls ofCImncery in freland of llse Kei|;n 
of Charles I. Morrin, DuMIn, 1^63, p. 579. 

'Vide copy of. Simon l*nnniiiK*s will in Appendix. 

^Maurice Lenihan, in his History of Limerick, says: •*Tlie Whiles, the 
Crea|;hs, anil the Stritehes have played o reniarknble part in the history of 
Limerick, Clonmel, and Waterford. • . • John Stritch, a gentleman of i 
fair character and inheritance, was forced to depart the town of Genes in ' 
Italy by reason of the great spoyle and pillage done to the said town by the 
Saracens and Infidels, /V. D. 933; and Henry I. being the Emperor of Rome, 
the said John, with his wife and four sons, came from Paris in France and 
there died. In process of time his children and offspring came to Rouen in 
Normandy, from thence into England, and part of them came to Ireland." 

*0'Hart. Irish Pedigrees, third edition, p. 455. 

* Lenihan. Limerick : its History, etc., second edition, p. 145. 

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army.' Whether he was a nephew of Simon Fanning or 
not is qnknown. 

AWcrniAn Francis Fanning, the third son of Clement; 
served as sheriff in 1632—3, and as mayor of Limerick in 
1644.* During his incumbency of the mayoralty he re- 
ceived the following letter from the Marquis of Ormond, 
H'ho was desirous of gaining his adherence: 

"Sir, — I have from several good hands, and now lately from 
my cousm Colonel John Barry, received assurance of the good 
affections that you and very many of that Corporation bcarc to 
the King's service and to the peace of your coulry, from which 
)'uu have not been witlulrawcn by iM\y (hreat.s or pressures. I 
houlil It thervfurc my part not only in his Majcslios name to 
give yon thanks for your expressed redyness and fidelity to his 
Crownc and service, but alsoe to assure you that, whether the 
present Treaty shall end in peace or warr you shall find tlie fmits 
of your legal resolutions (if you persist therein) in his Majestie's 
gracious favour and powerfull protection, and I shall accoumpt 
niysclfe very happy to be the instrument of conveying these ben- 
efits unto you ; all which I desire you to make knowen from me 
to such as you shall think fit. And soe rest your very affection- 
ate frond, — Ormonde. 

"His Majestie's Castle of Dublin, the 15th of July, 1645. 

"Since I concluded my letter, Sir Mawrice ICustacc shewed 
nice a cofiy of the voles of that Corponii:iou, whereof I intend 
forthwith to transmit a coppy to his Majcslie. 

"To our trusty and well-beloved Francis Fanning, Esqr., 
Mayor of the City of Limbrick." • 

At the time of the Confiscations in 1653-54 Francis 
Fanning's estates were forfeited, and he received sentence 

' Unihan. Limerick: iU History, etc^ second edition, p. 185. 

• Unil., p. 702. 

* ndiinj;*. History of the Irish Confederation, vol. iv., pp. 356-7. 

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of transplantation to Connatij^lit. His name is found among 
the *' Transplanters' Certificates" of persons transplanted 
in Ireland A. 1). 1653-54 for tlic City and County of Lim- 
erick, on flic in the I'ublic Record Office, Diibhn.* 

I'^rancis had a son Jidward or Kdniund (the names 
Edward, Edmund and JCdniond arc synonymous) who 
also received sentence of transplantation at the same time, 
and whose name appears among the Connaught Ccrtifi* 
cates preserved in the Oflice of the Chief Remembran- 
cer of the Exchequer, Dublin.* His name is given in 
the list as Edward Fitz-Francis Fanning.* 

This Edward or Edmund Fanning, son of the above- 
mentioned Francis Fanning, ex-Mayor of Limerick, emi- 
grated in 1653 or soon after to America and settled in 
Connecticut.* He was the ancestor of this American 
branch of the Family. 

"O'Hart. Irish Landed Gentry, second edition, p. 331. 'Ibid., p. 363. 

' Fitz-Francis means son of Francis, Fitz in French or Norman meaning 
"son of." J 

^'Iliis is on the aulhurity of John 0*>lart, the cmiticht Irish antiquary j 
and writer, author of ** Irish Pedigrees," "Irish rinded CIcntry," etc., now ■ 
residing in his dcclinin]^ years at Clunlurr, Ireland. lie writes tlie Coiii|>ilcr 
of this volume that in his researches )ic has hccn unahlc to find uny record 
of .1 will of Simon Kunniii>;'.H fnthcr or ^randfatlicr. 

.Sim(m*H will nicniiiiiis I'Vaut'ls J'^niiidiiK** i»luiic*huiiiic ns iMMtndiiig his 
(Simon's) on the cast, hut the will makes no mention of Kdwanl or Kdmond, 
son of Francis, Nor did I'Vaticis leave a will. But Cromwell liaving confis- 
cated the properly of l-'rancis, he had evidently nothing to will after 1653 when 
we find his name among the Connaught Certificates. 

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potniiiick Fanning, the eldest son and heir of Simon 
l-'ahning, married Kathcrine, daughter of Alderman David 
Comyn.* He served as mayor of Limerick three times, 
his first term commencing in 1641 at the time of the out- 
break of the great Rebellion. Heretofore the City of 
I jmcrick had in general adhered to the English interest; 
|jut when the Catholic nobility and people of Ireland took 
up arms in defence of their property, religion and lives, 
and established the Irish Confederation, the citizens of 
Limerick declared in favor of the national cause. This 
result was largely achieved through the influence of Mayor 
Fanning.* Alderman Patrick Fanning was chosen to 
represent the City of Limerick in the General Assembly 
of the Confederation at Kilkenny, in 1641.* 

One of the first acts of Mayor Fanning was to fit out a 
small ship of war for service on the Shannon, to which he 
appointed his brother John captain, and his brother 
Richard master, both having been bred to the sea.* 

The castle of Limerick was held by a force of 
soldiers under the command of Colonel Courliioy, an oUI 
and experienced oflicer, who held it ajjainst the repirated 
assaults of the citi/ens until the 23d of June, i6.|.2, when 
he capitulated under the following circumstances as re- 
lated by a writer of the time : 

•• Dominick Fanning was then mayor. Colonel Harry, 
an old soldier that had served the King of Spain many 

' O'llart. Irish Pedigrees, third edition, i8Sr, p. 455. Vide abstract of the 
will o( David Comyn in Appendix B. 

*Dc!Unei. Flistory of the Irbh Confederation, Dublin, 18S2, voL I., p. Hit* 

' Lcnihan. Limerick : its History, etc., second edition, p. 159. 

^Croker. NarraUvct lUostrative of the Contests in Ireland in 1641 and 
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years in the Low Countries, conn'ng to tlicir assistiincc, 
iindcrmincfl the fort, nml, when it was ready to be blown 
up, nobody appeareil ftuward to mount the breach; only 
Dominick J''anninK, at the Council hehl at the Tholsel, 
offered himself, to the confusion of the country jjallarits, 
but he was prevented by a drum offering to treat of a 
surrender. The Governor went out, with his soldiers and 
adherents, of which Jones, the old liishop of Killaloe, 
was one. Such as pleased were conveyed safe away; 
others, that remained, lived quietly in their own houses."* 
Dominick l\inning was anion^j those present when the 
castle of Askeaton surrendered to Major-General Turcell, 
on the 14th of August, 1642.* In 1644 he was elected a 
member of the Confederate Parliament for Limerick.* In 
1 64s he was a second time elected to the mayoralty.* 

In 1646 negotiations for a treaty of peace were entered 
into between the Confederates and the Marquis of Or- 
mond, then Lord Lieutenant. Many of the leading Con- 
federates favored the treaty; but the majority, having no 
confidence in the good faith of the Marquis, rejected it. 
On the evening of the 20th of August, 1646, Ormond's 
heralds came to Limerick to proclaim the peace, but the 
gates were closed against them by the citizens. Next day 
they were admitted by John J3urke, the mayor, and some 
of the aldermen, by whom the treaty was ratified.* Dom- 
inick Fanning and his son, Thomas Fanning, were among 
the most active opponents of the proclamation of the 
peace. At their instigation the people assembled at the 
Holy Cross, expelled the heralds, and rejected the treaty. , 

' BcUingB. Histc*/ of the Irish Confederation, vol. I^ p. liii. 
•Ibid,, vol. II., p. 53. 'Ibid., vol. III., p. 215. 

* Lenihan. Limerick ; its History etc., second edition, p. 702. 
*Ibid., p. 159. 

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John Hiirkc was deposed and Dominick Fanning chosen 
ntayor In hi^ place.* 

In 1647 events began to plainly indicate what was soon 
to follow. The Confederate army was defeated at the 
b.Ktle of Dangan Hill. Lord Inchiquin took Cahir Castle 
by storm and defeated the Irish army under Lord Taaffc 
at Knockinglass with terrible slaughter. He then led his 
army into the County of Limerick, bringing the whole 
Province of Munster and Cities of Limerick and Waterford 
under contribution, and then proceeded to the County of 
Kilkenny. The Confederate Council, which had already 
removed from Limerick to Kilkenny, sent ambassadors to 
France to advise them of the gloomy state of affairs, and 
10 Rome and Spain to negotiate for assistance. Mean- 
while the citizens of Limerick were improving and strength- 
ening the city, fortifying the outworks, and preparing for 
the emergency. The north gate of St. Francis Abbey 
was finished and bore this inscription:* 


SKxroN VICE coat. 

Tlii* gate was taken down in April, \^6^} Though the 
Catholics still continued to hold possession of the city, 
affairs outside were hurrying to a disastrous issue. 

In 1649 a party of Ormond's cavalry captured John 
0*Molouna, the Bishop of Killaloe,' and took from him 

' Bcllings. History of the Irish Confederation, vol. vi., pp. 18 and 131. 

• Lciiilian. Limerick: its History, etc., second edition, pp. 160-162. 

* icrrar. The History of Limerick, Ecclesiastical, Civil, and Military. Lim- 
erick, 1787, p. 116. 

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ClAfOO in gold and silver with whicli he had been en- 
trusted to pay some of the Confederate forces.* Not long 
after the Marcjuis sent two trunks on board a Dutch vessel 
at I.imerick fur shipnicnt to I'rancc. Uoniinick Fanning, 
thinking that these trunks contained the money of which 
the Bishop had been robbed, collected a body of resolute 
young men, boarded the vessel, and opened the trunks. 
Finding that the contents consisted only of papers that 
the Marquis was anxious to preserve, they replaced them 
uninjured, and Doniinick sent an apology to Ormond.* 

On the iith of June, 1649, two of the Marquis of 
Orniond's creatures, Alderman Crccigh and ex-Mayor 
Burke, met him by appointment near one of the gates of 
the city. They informed him that the citizens were in an 
uproar, fearing the surrender of the city; that the keys 
had been forced or wheedled from Rochfort the sheriff by 
. Dominick Fanning and the Rev. Father Wolfe ; and that it 
was not safe for him to enter the city while the tumult 
lasted. The same night Dominick called in Colonel Mur- 
tagh O'Hrien, an olTiccr entirely devoted to the Confeder- 
ate cause. O'Jlricn's regiment (increased by two hundred 
recruits) being refused, adinillance by Mayor iUirke, 
forced their way into the city, sei/.ed the provisions laid 
up for the use of the army, which Ormond had hoped 
would be at his disposal, and a quantity of grain belong- 
ing to Ormond exclusively. After these events Ormond 
retired to Galway, where he embarked and soon after 
joined Charles 11. in France.* 

When the City of Limerick was invested by the Crom- 
wellian army in the early part of 1651, a commission was 

* Lenihan. Limerick r iti History, etc., second edition, pp. 168-9. 
'Ibid., p. 166. 'Ibid., p. 167. 

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appointed to discuss a treaty of surrender. This com- 
. ini%stoh W?s composed on the* part of the citizens of Major- 
Gcncral Turcell, Colonel Butler, Dominick Fanning, Re- 
curclcr Stackpole, Sir Geoffrey Barron, and Maurice 
Haggot, and were met on the part of General Ireton by 
G(;ncral Sir Hardress Waller, Colonel Cranwell, Major 
Smith, and General Allen. As they could not agree upon 
terms the siege was resumed. The military governor of 
Limerick during the siege was General Hugh 0*Neil, an 
able and experienced commander who had repulsed Crom- 
well at Clonmel in 1649. 

During the siege which ensued the efforts of Dominick 
Fanning in the council chamber and on the ramparts were 
unceasing. A clique of Ormandists in the Council from 
time to time insisted on the necessity of capitulation. 
Dominick Fanning vigorously protested against all accom- ; 
modation with Ireton. He pointed out to the Council of 
War that the city had abundant resources to sustain a 
protracted siege; that the approach of winter, dearth, 
and above all, the infection of the plague then ravaging 
the city and its vicinity, must compel tlic Cromwcllian 
i;cncral to accept their terms or break up his camp and 
retire from the walls of Limerick, On the ramparts he ' 
encouraged the soldiers by word and example, impressing 
on them that it was nobler for brave men to die with arms * 
in their hands than to surrender to the butchers of Drog- i 
heda and Wexford. But the treason of Fennell nullified 
all the inspiring efforts of Dominick Fanning and his 
associates. Colonel Fennell, an Anglo-Irish officer of . 
ability but of depraved character, was entrusted by Gen- 
eral O'Neil with the defence of the important pass of 
Killaloe. Soon after receiving this office he not only 

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abandoned his trust but turned his guns against the city, 
thus compcninf; the citiy.cns to sue for terms. Commis- 
sioners wore ciiipoinlcd who negotiated a treaty of sur- 
render. I'^'oni I his treaty the following named persons 
were exchided because, in Ireton's words, "they had 
prevailed on the people to foolishly protract the siege": 

Major-Gcncral Hugh O'Ncil, Governor, 

Major-Gencral Patrick J'urcell, 

Sir Geoffrey Galway, 

Lieutcnant-Ci»lofiol I-acy, 

Captain George Wolfe, 

Captain Sexton, 

Edmund O'Dwyer, Bishop of Limerick, 

Terence O'Brien, Bishop of Emiy, 

John Quin, a Dominican Friar, 

Captain Laurence Walsh, a Priest, 

Francis Wolfe, a Friar, 

Philip Dwyer, a Priest, 

Alderman Dominick Fanning, 

Alderman Thomas Stritch, 

Alderman Jordan Roche, 

Kdmund Roche, IJurgcss, 

Sir Richard Iwcranl, 

Dr. Higgin, 

Maurice Baggot, Baggotstown, 

Geoffrey Barron, 

Evans, a Welsh soldier.' 

Limerick surrendered on the 29th of October, 1651, 
after a siege of six months. The garrison was allowed to 
depart to the nearest fortress held by the Irish. For three 

'Lenihan. Limerick: its History, etc., second e<litioD, p. 183, 

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. days the city was given up to the plunder of the English 
ftoldicry, during which tlic streets were strewn with dead 
lH>it!cs of citizens, houses were wrecked and goods de- 

or those excluded from the terms of surrender Bishop 
O'Dwycr escaped from the city through the connivance 
of General Ludlow who favored the Bishop because he 
was an Ormandist. Through the efforts of General Lud- 
low the life of General O'Neil was also spared by a major- 
ity of one in a vote of Ireton's Council of War. The 
others were executed.* 

Shortly after the surrender the traitor Fenncll was tried 
fur several murders and other high crimes, found guiltyi 
and hanged by his new friends; although ''he had but 
recently deserved better things of them."* 

When the city surrendered Dominick Fanning secreted 
himself in the tomb of his ancestors in the Franciscan 
Church. While he was lying hid a body of soldiers en- 
tered the church and lighted a fire for tlic purpose of 
cooking. When Dominick, who was famished after three 
days and nights of cold and hunger, saw them thus em- 
ployed, he crept out begrimed as he was, sat down and 
bci^an to warm himself. The caplaii! of ihc parly turned 
him out of the church, whereupon he endeavored to es- 
cape from the city, but was seized at the gate, brought 
back, and being identified was immediately hanged.* His 
body was quartered and decapitated and his head placed 

» Lcnihan. Limerick : its History, etc., second edition, pp. 181-1S5, 59^ 
•ibid., p. 593. 

Mlorlacc. TIic History of tlic Exccmlilc Irish Rebellion, I.ondun, 16S0, 
p. 300. 

Ml is claimed that Dominick Fanning was betrayed by the treachery of a 
servant of his, who, contrary to the wish of the ofTicer who appeared desirous 
thai Ooniijiick should effect his escape, not only revealed the name of his 

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over St. John's gale, where it rcniaiiicd for several years. 
Thus perished the nnblc-ininded and h"on-hcartcd Domin- 
ick Fanning, who had at all times so bravely withstood 
whatever was contrary to principle and faith, sealing with 
his blood the high and generous principles which he 
courageously and consistently maintained through life.* 

In M orison's Thrcitodid he is mentioned as the nine- 
teenth of the chiefs and nobles slaughtered by the Parlia- 
mentarians: ''The noble Dominicus Fanning, ex-mayor 
of Limerick, and alderman, a well-known man, and of the 
highest integrity, v/ho had been of great service to the 
confederated Catholics, and had laudably conferred much 
benefit on the kingdom as well as on the city, was hanged 
at Limerick as well as the rest, A. D. 1651. His head was 
cut off and affixed to the gate."* 

Joan Fanning, daughter of Dominick Fanning, and 
granddaughter of Dominick Arthur, married (ist) Sir 
Dominick White of Limerick, and (2d) Thomas Comyn 
of Moynoe in the County of Clare, whose property was 
saved from confiscation through the intercession of his 
cousin, Sir Ilardrcss Waller, the Parliamentarian governor 
of Limerick in 1652. This Joan received from Cromwell 
a grant of Ihc lands of Kilcorncy in the County of Clare 
which are still in llic possession of her dcsccmlants.^ 

Dominick Fanning had a son Thomas, before mentioned 
as active in expelling Ormond's heralds from Limerick in 

master, but called the attention of the guards to him; said servant being im« 
mediately afterwards killed 1)/ the guards for his treason to a good master. 
*Lcnihan. Limerick : its History, etc., second edition, pp. X79, 594, 657. 
•O'ConnclI. A Memoir of Ireland, Ke>v York, 1843, T* 79* 
'Burke. Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland, London, 1879, vol. 

u p. 352. 

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who filled liiKJi ofllccs in the City of Limerick previous to 
the year 1652: * 


1459 Richard Fanning. 
15 TO Richard l^^anning. 
1511 Patrick Fanning. 
1521 William Fanning. 
1536 Jasper Isuininjf. 
1 55 1 Clement Isuining. 
1554 Richard Fanning. 
1559 Doniinick Fanning. 


1563 John Fanning. 

1564 (ieorge FiL/.-\Villiam 

1566 Stephen I'^mning. 

1576 Pntrick P'anning. 

1595 Clement l**anning. 

1600 Simon Fanning. 

1 6 14 Arthur Fanning. 
1625 Nicholas Fanning. 

1632 Francis Fanning. 


1529 Patrick Fanning. 
1538 William Fanning. 
1557 Cler^ent Fanning. 
rsOi' Richard limning. 
1568 l)i)miniclc i*annin(f. 

1 610 Clement Fanning. 
1615 Simon Fanning. 
1630 Nicholas Fanning. 
1641 Donn'nick J'it/.-.Simon 
l«'anMin|.;'( isl lime). 

1571 George Fitz-Wiliiam 1644 I'Vancis Fanning, 
Fanning (1st time). 1645 Hominick limning 

1584 James Fanning. (2d time). 

1587 George FilzAVilliam 164I.6 Dominick Fanning 
Fanning' (2d time), (3d time). 

' Collected from Public Records, Bcllings's History of the Irish Confcdcm* 
tion, lA'iiihan's History of Limerick, and Kcrmr*s History orLiiitcrick. 
' .So stated in Lenihan's History of Limerick. Ferrar docs not mention him. 
'Lcnihan erroneously gives this name Dominick Fitz-Stcphcn Fanning. 

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I).ivid I'anning was assessor of Limerick in 1467. 

Richard Fanning was clerk of the Court in 1530. 

Nicholas Fanning was appointed clerk of the Court of 
Picas of Exchequer for Limerick in 1541 by King Henry 
vni. On the accession of Edward vi. he was reappointed 
on the 27th of April, 1547, as joint grantee, and in 1550 
became sole grantee. He was succeeded in 1551 by John 

Clement Fanning represented Limerick in the Irish 
Tarliamcnt in 1559.* 

Patrick Fanning was elected a member of the Confed- 
erate Parliament in 1642.' 

Doniinick Fanning was elected to the same Parliament 
in 1 644.* 

Thomas Fitz-William Fanning was assessor in 1652. 

Numerous other offices were held at different times by 
those of Fanning name, but the foregoing list comprises 
the most important. 

M^nihan. Limerick: iti History, etc., second edition, p. 741. 

* lliid., p. 149. 

'In Dcccndicr, 1641, a CvAlilion took place hctwocn the Anf^lo-jmli Cnlli. 
otlci of tlie Tolc oiiil llic niicietit \x\Au (hit of iIii'm cMtdilittn KpniiiK lli<r 
Callinllc C*uii(cdoriUipnf wiu»iic ul»Ji*cl \vn:» torMitldUli liu'tr i'rli|;K>itiiiiidcpciut- 
f iicc, anil to recover the oilalcs widcli tlicy had h»st l»y the Kwtird, t>r the not 
leu fatal liistrunieiils of le|;iUixetl plunder. 'J'lic ('onfnleratton k\{ Kilkenny 
cofuittcd of two hundred and liriy<Minc niendiers, including eleven Kpirilual 
pccn, fuurteeii temporal peers, and twenty-six c(»mniotient. The nientlieiM rc« 
lurncd fi»r the City and County c»f r.hneriek were O'Dwycr, aftenvardn Uishop 
cif Limerick, William liourkc, Daron of Castleennnell, J«>hn Ilaffj^ot (»r ]{A|;};otH- 
towo, Mark Filz-IIarris of Cloghtnat-foy, Thonias O'l^yaii of Dooii, George 
Cumyn, Patrick Fanning, John llaly, Daniel Iliggins, an<l Jiartholomcw 
Siackpolct all of Limerick. Lord Mountgarret was IVcsident of llie Supreme 
Council. II1C death of the celebrated leailer took place at this time at Kil- 
kcony; his place was supplied by the Earl of Castlehavcn.— Z^ii//#fii. 

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John Fanning is the fust of the name found recorded in 
the County of Tippcrary. On the 20th of November, 
1285, he paid a fine of ton marks for release of venue,* and 
on the 20th of October, 1295, he is entered as paying 
another fine of £t^ and was released by the sheriff, Hugh 

Thomas Fanning, son of Richard Fanning of Limerick, 
was granted a knight's fee in the lands of Glothementhan, 
County of Kilkenny, by letters patent of King Edward I., 
in the year 1279.^ 

Gilbert Fanning was in possession of lands in Kilkenny 
in 1 3 16.* 

Thomas Fitz-Gilbert Fanning received a grant of the 
Manor of Mohober by letters patent from Edward III. in 
1332, forfeited by a revolt' of the Le Poers (Powers) in 
that year. Notwithstanding the grant Lord Eustace Le 
Pocr held possession of the castle until it was assaulted 
and captured by Fanning. John Clyn, the annalist of 
Kilkenny, thus describes the event:* 

** 1334- Item, die Dominico in vl^ilia beati Marci cwan- 
gelistc, Thomas I'^in}'!! intravit castrum tie Moytobyr, et 
occupavit; cjcctis inde hominibus domini Eustachii le 
Poer, et exclusis. Et pro castri dcfensione, eadcm ebdom- 
ada occiderunt castri custodes, Remundum et David de 
Angulo et Thomam Roth Grasse; et Sabbato sequcnti 
compulsi sunt reddere castrum Jacobo Comiti Ermonie 

' Calendar of Documents, etc., Z2S5-1292. Swcetman. P. 58. 

*Ib!d., 1293-130X, p. XI4. 

^Ibid., 1252-12S4, p. 325. 

^ Walsh. Ecclesiastical History of Ireland, p. 16 x. 
^Clyn. The Annals of Ireland, Dublin, 1849, p. 25. 

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tiinguani ^omino commttatus, et in manu media, donee 
discutcrctiir quis pjnguius jus haberct** 

iVanslaliop : On the Lord's day, the vigil of the feast 
of St. Atark the Evangelist, Thomas Fanning entered the 
cajllc of Mohobcr, which he occupied and from which he 
ejected and shut out the men of Lord Eustace Le Poer. 
In defence of the castle there were killed the same week 
Raymond and David de Angulo and Thomas Roth Grasse. 
On the following Sabbath the castle was delivered to 
James, Earl of Ormond as Lord of the County, to be held 
by him in vianu media, until It was decided to which of 
the contending parties it rightfully belonged. 

Mohobcr, in the Parish of Lismalin, Barony of Compsey, 
County Tipperary, was for several centuries a manor of 
ihe Fannings.* 

Hugh Fanning was appointed by Edward III. a commis- 
sioner of the peace for the County of Tipperary in 1358,* 
to inquire into the adequacy of the array and the fitness 
of the peace oflFiccrs for the duties entrusted to them. He 
wa* granted certain lands in the Manor of Uallingarry. 

In 1545 Henry VIII. granted the fee of certain lands in 
the County of Kilkenny to Oliver lsmninj(.* la 1570 he 
!i menlioned as one holding land by knij»;lit*s service in 
the Manor of Knocktopher.* In 1623 Robert Fanning, 
the son and heir of Oliver, died leaving Robert, his son 
and heir aged thirty years and married.* 

William Fanning was a landed proprietor in the Barony 
of Kells, County of Kilkenny in IS70.^ He died in the 

' Qyn. The Annals of Ireland, p. 6f . 

* D'Alton. Illustrations, etc. of King Jamcs*s Irish Army List, T6S9, vol. IE., 
p. 6ao. *Ibid. 

* Calendar of the Carvw Manuscripts, 1515-1574, p. 402. 
» Vide footnote a. . • Vide footnote 4. 

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year 1590, having made a previous settlement of his 
estates. The triiHtccs of Hint settlement were: James, son 
of Thonias FannlM|[ of Hiillinijtajjgart, County of Tippe- 
rary ; Robert, son of Walter Panning of Mohober, County 
of Tipperary; and Richard Fanning of Kappaghintalla- 
garry. James vvas the son and heir of the aforesaid WiN 
liam. He dying during his father's lifetime, his brother 
William succeeded to the estates.* 

In 1543 David Fanning, Richard Fanning, John More 
Fanning, David I'^itzmagon Fanning, of the Manor of 
liutlcrswode, and in 1548, Oliver Fanning of Kylry, 
County of Kilkenny, are recorded as landed proprietors.* 

William Fanning is recorded in 1570 as an extensive 
landed proprietor in the Manor of Killenaule, Barony of 
Slievardagh, County of Tipperary.* 

Walter Fanning vvas enfeoffed as one of the trustees 
under the will of John Eustace of Castle Martin, County 
of Kildare, dated 9th of October, 1 591/ 

In 1600 the Fannings are recorded as among the prin- 
cipal landowners in the Barony of Slievardagh, County of 

William Fanning of Rally McCloghny was constable of 
the Harony of Guwran, County of Kilkenny, in 1608.* 

In 1632 died Robert Fanning, seised of several lands in 

'D'Alton. Jllustratioiis, etc. of King James*!! Irish Army Ust, vol, 11., p. 

* Calendar of the Patent and Close Kolls of Chancery in Ireland. Morrin. 
Dublin, xS6i-2, vol. I., pp. 175, iS4. 

'Calendar of the Carew Manuscripts, 15x5-1 5 74» p* 404. 
^Calendar of the Patent and Close Rolls in Chancery, etc., vol. u., p. 204. 
This name is spelled Fynnan in the records. 

* Calendar of ihc Carcw Manuscripts, 1 589-1 600, p. 513. 
'Ibid., 1603-1624, p. 28. 

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the County of Kilkenny, and leaving as heir his brother 
William then aged thirty-three and married.^ 

Geoffrey (or Jeffrey) Fanning, of Fanningstown, Bal- 
lingarry, County of Tipperary, married Gyles, the second 
daughter of Lord Thomas Power* (who died 1637) ^"^ 
his wife Margaret Butler, third in descent from Peter, 
Lord "Le Poer" and his wife Catharine, daughter of the 
eighth Earl of Ormond. Lord Thomas Power was son 
of James, son of Thomas of Cullefin, County of Waterford, 
son of Richard Lord Power. In 1642 Geoffrey Fanning 
was elected to represent the Manor of Glengall in the 
Confederate Parliament, and served in that assembly until 
its dissolution.* After the Cromwellian conquest he retired 
to the Continent, where he served under Charles II. until 
the Restoration in 1660, when he returned to Ireland. He 
was granted part of his estates confiscated during the 
Cromwellian regime. This grant amounted to upwards 
of two thousand acres in the Baronies of Slievardagh and 
Compsey, besides the manor-house and demesne at Bal- 
lingarry. This grant was confirmed to him on the 2d of 
June, 1 668, 

*D*Alton. nittstrations, etc., of King James's Irish Army LSst, yoL U„ p. 
*0*Hart. Irish Landed Gentry, Dublin, Z887, p. 164. 
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In 1652 a law was passed by the English Parliament 
confiscating upwards of ten million acres of land in Ire- 
land. It was enacted that "Peers, gentles, landowners 
and burgesses should be driven from their homes/' and 
removed or transplanted to certain barren parts of the 
Province of Connaught. The poorer classes were allowed 
to remain that they might be, as the ordinance states, 
** hewers of wood and drawers of water." Husbandmen, 
plowmen and artificers were also allowed to stay in their 
native places, as their services were needed by the new 
proprietors. But none of these were allowed to leave 
their native parishes without a passport on pain of death.* ; 

For the purposes of transplantation certain desolate 
parts of the Counties of Mayo, Sligo and Lcitrim, which 
had been well-nigh depopulated by the late war, were set 
apart. The transplanted families were allowed to take 
with them their cattle, household effects, and such part 
of their crops as they could conveniently move.* 

The government reserved for themselves all the towns, 
all the church lands and tithes; for they abolished all 
archbishops, bishops, deans, and other offices belonging 
to that hierarchy. They reserved also tlie four Counties 
of Dublin, Kildare, Carlow, and Cork. Out of the lands 
and tithes thus reserved, the government were to satisfy 
public debts, private favorites, eminent friends of the re- 
publican cause in Parliament, regicides, and the most 
active of the English rebels, not being of the army.' 

' Nohvithstanding the stringent laws In force at this period many of the 
Irish gentry and their adherents kept up a desultory warfare against the Crom- 
wellian scalers* Vide Prendcrgast*s Cromwellian Settlement of Ireland. 

• Ibid. Vide History of Ireland by Lecky. ' Prendergast. 

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The foUowing named Fanning families received certifi- 
cates of transplantation which entitled them to settlements 
is the CounQr of Leitrim : ^ 

Certificates granted 1655-57. 

Alderman Nicholas Fanning, who was mayor in 

Francis Fanning, who was mayor in 1644. 
Edward FitE-Frands Fanning. 
Madalen Fanning. 
Martin Fanning. 
Mary Fanning. 
Waiiam Fanning. 
Thomas Fits-Clement Fanning. 
Edward Fits-James Fanning > Nephews of 
Michael Fits-James Fanning > Dominick Fanning, 
Thomas Fitz-Fatrick Fanning. 

TIPPERARY, 1653-55. 

Edmond Fanning of Gortfy. 
William Fanning of Farrenroe. 
Nicholas Fanning of QonegaU. 

KILKENNY, 1657. 

James Fanning of Knocktopher. 

These Fannings settled in the F^urish of Feenagh. They 
^vere nev^ restored to the estates of which they had been 
despoiled. ^ ~ 

Geotij, aeoond cdidon, pp. s69^ 33s. y/^ 563. 

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On the Rcstonition of Charles IL to the throne of Eng* 
land, in 1 66 1, the Fannings, as well as many other families 
whose estates had been so mercilessly forfeited, were in 
great hopes that they would be again invested with their 
former possessions. Under the Act of Settlement and 
Explanation many persons were restored or pa.rtly recom* 
pensed. This Act ordered that all designated persons be 
restored to their estates on or before the ist day of August, 
1662. None were to be restored who before 1643 were 
of the rebel party, or of the Kilkenny Confederation, or 
*who drew their tides from other persons* 

By the King's Declaration dated the 30th of November, 
1660, embodied in the Act of Settlement and Explanation, 
the restorable Irish were of four classes: INNOCENTS; 
ARTICLEMEN, or those promised pardon and restoration 
by the Articles of Peace made between tlie Marquis of 
Ormond, on the King's behalf, and the Confederate Cath- 
olics in 1648; ENSIGN-MEN, or those who rallied to the 
King's standard ; and THE KING'S NOMINEES, who were 
thirty-six noblemen and gentlemen named in the King's 

John Fanning, brother of Dominick, vras enrolled among 
the "Decrees of Innocents/' under the Cromwellian Rule, 
and Thomas Fanning was enrolled among the Ensigmnen.* 

Geoffrey Fanning, as already stated, received a grant of. 
his manor-house and 2,000 acres of land in the Coun^ of 

William Fanning, of the County of Kilkenny, received a 
grant of 531 acres of land in the Barony of Ballymoe, 

^ m 

* Vide O'HarfsIciih Landed GeiitirtiirxiiMM/ HiHoir of Iidaad, etc 
*0'Hast Irish Landed Genlnr» wooad editioB, pp. jxst 3^ 

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CounQr of Gahray» confinned to him on the 30th of Jtiiie» 
i668.> ., 

Not one member of the Limerick Fannings it on record 
as receiving compensation for the loss of his estates. 

During the Williamite wars David and William Fanning 
. were quartermasters in Colonel Henry Luttrell's rq;iment 
of horse, in the army of King James IL In the Act of 
Attainder of 1691 the names of William Fanning of 
Ballyratht County of Kilkenny, and David Fanning of 
Kilkenny, merchant, are mentioned among the persons 
attainted. Robert Fanning's name is on the Establish- 
ment of 1710 as receiving an annual pension of £\o} 
' Dominick Fanning, of the County of Clares married 
Slaney, daughter of Daniel MacNamara of Ayle, County 
of Clare. MacNamara died in 1696, having previously 
mor^pged the lands ^f Ayle, Gortderrynahincha, part of 
Moanagullen, to Thomas O'Grady of D«riymore. O'Grady 
assigned the mortgage 'to Captain Daniel Molony, who 
was killed at the fint siege of Limerick, and whose heirs, 
after the death of MacNamara, sought to foreclose the 
mortgage. Dominick Fanning; in behalf of his wife and the . 
three granddaughters of the deceased, presented a petition 
to the Court of Chanceiy, claiming the equity of redemp- 
tion of the mor4;age, and his rights in the caiise under the 
termsoftl^treaQr of Limerick. In this he was successful, 
and regained possession of the lands for the heirs at law.* 

''Capitan Don Ricardo Fanan** (Captain Richard Fan- 
i>hig), brother of Dominick Fanning of Limerick,, served 

^Royal Iitt Acidb^r, ladA Loeofow p. 3S^ 

*iyAltoB. inailn«ioM^«lB.ol King jMofklriihAimflJitp 1689b pwCsi. 

*Frait ThtHhtmfwmdTopofftfkf^O^Cmuftf^CkM.i^SH' 

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in the Spanish army in the Low Countries in i663»^ and 
according to tradition settled at Malaga, Spain, where he 
is said to have left descendants. 

Lieutenant John Fanning served in the Spanish army 
under the banner of tlie exiled King, Charles ll., and was 
killed at the siege of Prague in 1648. He was probably 
of the Tipperary branch of the family. 

In 165 2 the estates of the Fannings of Kilkenny were 
included in the general plunder seized by the Cromwellian 

The village of Fanningstown in the Barony of Iverk 
perpetuates the name in the County Kilkenny. 

The record of the Fannings in Ireland is one of high 
honor, patriotism, valor, suffering and sacrifice. During 
the momentous period of the Cromwellian regime many 
of the family fell victims to sectarian conquest, while 
others were despoiled and subjected to the iron rule of 
their inexorable victors. It is not strange that under cir- 
cumstances of sorrow and adversi^ some representatives 
of the family should have sought an asylum in that then 
new Land of the West, in those early days as in later time, 
the refuge of the oppressed of all nations. 

^CyHait. IfkhLMMMG«Bliy»iMO«d«ditloiWF49^ 
•Vide Ftaaiogi of LiMridu 

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' Edmond Fanning, the emigrant ancestor of the Gon* 
oecticut fiunily of diat name, settled in New London (then 
'^ called Fequot), Connecticut, in 1653. His first period of 
residence the^ was brief, however, as he soon removed to 
Fishers Island,^ then owned by John Winthrop the younger^ 
afterwards Governor of the Connecticnt Colony, what it 
is supposed he resided several years. The records show 
that he was living on this Island in 1655 and 1657, and it 
is probable that he was there before that time. « 

After his residence on Fishers Island Edmund Fanning 
returned to New London sometime previous to 1662, in 
which year the next trace of him is found, and settled 
in that part of the town which was, in 1705, set off to form 
the new town of Groton,. where Jie had a grant of fifty 
acres of land in 1664. This grant was on the west bank 
of the Mystic River, two miles above the present village 
of Old or Upper Mystic, in what is now the town of Led- 
jrard, and formed the nucleus of a large fium called his 
.Groton Farm, which remained in possession of his de- 
scendants nearly one hundred and fifty years. . 

Edmund Fanning then became one of the original pror 
prietors of Stonington,* receiving various grants of land in 

I Und, ift I^ag lUnd Soyad, aboat ds Bfl« toirtlMMt of Ntw 
LMdoB,iiapvtornMlinm oT'SoirtiioM, SdMk emnty. New Vock; It 
iiabo«t«t|^Bil«lQagndo«n«isoM»lteiftbrcadt]u Itkaepntod: 
- fro« dM ihora of OxuMCticat bj a aamm stnit caOsd flihc^ 

*Tha eaiif local 'naoMi ol thb tenitocy wofe Mfitie and Fawcatadc 
{yulmuStf wgtOmd Fb<|aatBckt Fiw<|«atndi, Fawkatack, etc). Tbaaa w«m 

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i665» 1C67 and succeeding years* The grant that was 
his homestead (arm in Stonington lay southeasterly of hb 
New London grant and was separated from it by the Mys- 
tic River, which stream is the dividing line between Groton 
and Stonington towns. On this farm he resided at the 
time of his decease in 1683. 

Of the advent of Edmund Fanning into the Connecticut 
Colony little is known. It is very probable that his point 
of landing in 1653 was somewhere on the Massachu- 
setts coastt and that he journeyed along the shore or 
inland until he reached the Pequot settlement in Connect!- 
cut That newly settled town was too young at that time 
to have its fame known abroad/ but had nevertheless 
achieved sufficient renown in the Massachusetts Bay Col- 
ony, through the influence of the younger Winthrop, its 
founder, to attract many of its early settlers. It is possi- 
ble that Edmund Fanning was one of those pioneers who 
removed at the invitation of Winthrop to the country of 
the Pequots* Tradition, so often misleading, may not, 
however, be far out of the way in this case when it says, 
''after a period of wandering he found a resting place in 
Connecticut*' (at the Pequot settlement). It is also possible 
that Edmund Fanning may have made his home in the 
Massachusetts Bay Colony during some of th^ intervening 
years between 1653 and 1662, although it is positively 
known that at different intervals between these years he 

chmnged to SoathcrtowB fai 1658 bgr the Genond Govt of MMMch«Mtt% 
which dMToed it to belong to the Conatf of Snfblk fai Uuit Cokmy. The 
Conrt extended the boonds ao that they embiaced at that time land lying 
between the Myatic and Fawcatvek Riven and reaching northerl3^ eight 
mflea from the month of the Myitic. By Winthrop'a new charter in 166a 
Sonthertown came nnder the jviadiction of Connecdent In 1665 Sonther^ 
town changed its name to Mystic and In 1666 to Stonington. 

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was living on Fishers Island. The difncnlty lies in prov- 
ing liis particuhir residences during these years, and they 
may never be known to a certainty unless some further 
records are found which will lead up to tliesc disclos- 

It would be interesting reading, no doubt, were it pos- 
sible to have an account of Edmund Fanning's life in 
those early days. It is sufficient to learn, however, that 
the time of his arrival in Connecticut was 1653, and to 
know of his different residences at New London, Fishers 
Island and Stonington, although the details of his daily 
hTc may not be forthcoming. 

Various traditions exist in the family concerning his 
landing and early settlement, many of which lack con- 
firmation and can be traced back to one common origin, 
which fails to be authenticated. The records of those days 
are meagre, but there is sufficient well-substantiated evi- 
dence to enable one to form nearly a connected account 
of the final years of his life in this country. 

In 1640 John VVinthrop the younger obtained a grant 
from Massachusetts, subsequently confirmed by both Con- 
necticut and New York, of Fishers Island, considered 
then one of the gems of Long Island Sognd. He erected 
a house thereon which was the first English residence in 
the Pequot country. Winthrop developed the Island, and 
was largely engaged there in raising horses, cattle, goats, 
etc. It is known that upon the arrival of Edmund Fan- 
ning at Pequot, Winthrop interested himself in him and 
gave him a settlement on Fishers Island, where he re- 
sided several years. It is supposed that he was given 
charge of Winthrop's stock farm there, and was appointed 
his overseer. In a letter dated at Pequot, 28th of June, 

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1657, from Jonathan Brewster to John VVinthrop, ]r 
reference is made to Edmund Fanning, who with hiswi^. 
was stopping at Brewster'a house, and who sends word t 
Winthrop that they are "all well upon the Island" (Li 
Fishers Island).* 

After this, little reference to Edmund is found un: 
1662, when we come across the first mention of his nam: 
in the Connecticut Colony in an inventory of goods a 
Richard Poole, tlie 2 5 th of April of that year : "two cowts 
and one stcerc now with Edmon ftaning."* It is ex 
tremely difficult to locate Edmund's residence at tt 
particular time. Miss Caulkins, in her History of Nci 
London, says: "Edmund Fanning was said to be of My? 
tic in l662.*'' This would place him cast of the MyslL 
River. It is more likely, however, that he lived at tk 
time on the west bank of the Mystic River, in what wi 
then New London, and where he had his first grant c 
land laid out in 1664. 

The next item concerning him is on the New Lond 
Records as follows : "A Towne meeting Jan. 15, i6Cl 
To Edmon ffaning — 01. 00. 00 a wolfe"*; and also at| 
town meeting July 20, 1663: "Edmon fianing & Jrj 
Packer for killing a wolfe this yeere 63"* 

We now come upon the record of his first grant of lan.^ 
at "A Town Meeting November 21, 1664 j 

" Edmon ffaning ("These three have 50 Ackers given thcc 
''Edward Smith (not hindring former grants. Granted^ 
" Will" Williams (voted, Williams at the hed of ye lottos."! 

"Vide "A Sketch of John Winthrop the younger, 1606-1676," by IW 
Franklin Waters, 1899, pp. 48 and 51. ! 

•Vide "History of New London, Connecticut," by Frances Manwarli 
Caulkins, New London, 1895, P* 3^7* 'Ibid., p. 96. j 

^Vide Miss Caulkins' copy of New London Records, book x^ p. 142. 

*Ibid., p. 135. •Ibid., p. 147. . 

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This grant we find recorded at New London, as follows : 

«Edmon flbning Nooember si^ 1664 
«<ilath groen him fifty eacken of vpland upwards mifUckxiiier ^ 
on the wefhnupd of it bounded towardes tbeeaft w^m'windiiops 
land, and w^ the common and a Ledg of rocks northward to a 
msrked tree marked on three fides and from thence southward 
by a brooke that runns into miftkk riner"^ 

A copy of the oldest court record of New London b hi 
the Connecticut State Library at Hartford. The original 
with others of later date is at Norwich. It is unindexed. 
There are some entries of a Court at Pequot in VoL L of 
records of the Particular Court In the New London 
Court Book, Commissioners* Court* December 39, 16649 
appears the following: "Edmon ffaning 5s. Qd. vnpd not 
appearing '* (i. e. he was so much behind in pa3rment of 
his rates). This is the only mention of a Fanning in the 
New London Court Book. The name does not occur in 
Vol. Il.t Records of the Particular Court* 1650-1663. 
Edmund Fanning's name appears in a list of the minis- 
ter's rate for 1664 \£. 28. 6d. and in a minister's rate 
made by order of the Selectmen the 6th of October, 
1666 \£ 5s. 3d. oqr. His name does not appear in the 
' rate of 1667. He may have removed that year to the 
Stonington side. 

Following the example of its neighbor and older town, 
•Stonington early honored its sons by grants of land located 
within its borders to induce them to remain-among its 
townspeople. Edmund Fanning, who, as already stated, 
was one of the original proprietors of Stonington, had the 
following recorded grants of land from that town : 

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I*cbniary 3, 1667, one hundred acres of land on the east 
side of Mystic River, two miles north of the present village 
of Old Mystic, which grant became his homestead farm 
in Stonington.^ This grant had been ordered by the town 
February 10 (or 19), 1665, to be relaid out, together with 
Nathaniel Beebe and Goodman Fish's,' and no doubt were 
the same lands that are referred to in the Thomas Minor 
Diary, which item reads as follows : 

^The .S3, of march I was informed by H : g : [Hannah Gallup] 
that Capt george Denison and James morgan apon the .33. of 
march being Tusday 1663*64 was laing out of land at misUcke 
for Thomas parke Edmund fiming and Nathaniell Bebe : "* 

Last of February, 1673, twenty acres at the southeast 
comer of and ad'oining his homestead farm/ This was 
voted him by the town November 15, 1670.* 

March 6, 1672-73, fifiy acres bordering on Pawcatuck 

January 4, 1674, twelve acre home-lot. No. 13, one of 
forty-three lots laid out to each head of family in Stoning- 
ton according to a census taken February 2, i668.^ These 
were drawn by lottery by tlie tiien inhabitants of the town. 
It does not appear that Edmund Fanning resided there or 
built on this lot, which lay between Simon Whipple's lot 
(No. 12) on the north and Joseph Pollard's lot (No. 14} 
on the south. This lot was apportioned off to his son, 
Lt John Fanning, and sold by him to William Chese- 
brough January 23, 1709-10/ 

> Vide StDalagton ReoonK Book l^ p. 31 tnd n^ p. aS. *Ibid^ U P- 9> 
'Vide The Diny of ThonM Blinor, StoniagtoBtCoiUL, 1653 to 1684, p. 197* 
«Vide Stoniagtoa Recofd% Book n^ p. aS. ^Ibid^ U P« 40* 
'Ibid, n^ p. aS. vibid,n«,p.i6$. *Ibid, il^p. 513. 

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March 22» 1674-75, sixty acres 'Mayed out to Edmund 
faning granted to his sonn And Jofliuah holmes'*^ also on 
Pawcatuck River. 

April 29, 1679, one hundred acres in the Town Com- 
mons, in consideration of part of his former grant being 
taken from him, through intrenching upon Hempstead's 
grant Probably the land that Widow Ellen Fanning sold 
February 22, 1683, to John Allen of New London.' 

February 23, i(58o, one hundred acres at the north 
bounds of the town, bounded by Thomas Parke's land on 
the south and west, by the town line on the north,* and by 
Capt Denison's land on the east' This one hundred acres 
was sold March 20, 1722-23 by his son, Lt John Fan- 
ning, grandson, Edmund Fanning, and son-in-law, Benja- 
min Hewitt, to William and George Denison of Stonington/ 

March 2Sf 1680-81, one hundred acres at Pukwhunga- 

nuck (locality near Pendleton Hill, North Stonington).' 

This one hundred acres was sold July I2» 1 701, by his 

sons, Lt John Fanning and Thomas Fanning, to William 

'Billings of Preston, Cona.' 

March, 1706, eighty acres in Voluntown (Lot No. icl) 
laid out to his heirs for his services in the Narraganset 

Edmund Manning's Stonington grants therefore em- 
braced an area of about S43 acres in addition to his New 
London, Groton and Voluntown grants. . 

* Vide StairiasiM Dcokb Book n^ p. aS. 
*VideSloolagtoaRecoidi,TowiiVolei,Bookn^p.3i; alto Deedi^ n^ 

'Vide StoningtoB Doedi,.Book n., p. S9. ^VtM^ m^ pp. 419^ 430. 
*Ibid.,n^p. aS. 

* Vide PKitoD Deedi, Book u^ p. 33. 
'VideVoiuatowD Rec Jidi, Book L, p. 6i. 

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His grant of (iffy acres in Groton was, as already 
stated, on the west side of Mystic River, two miles 
above Old Mystic. The land is now owned by the 
Charles S. Bennett heirs. The brook that forms the west- 
em boundary of the lot and has its' principal source of 
supply at Cider Hill, runs southeasterly into Mystic River, 
joining the latter at a point nearly opposite, or just west- 
erly of the Bennett farm. This fifty acres was later added 
to until it formed a farm of about five hundred acres in 
171S. In that year it extended from the junction of the 
brook with Mystic River north to Lantern Hill Pond, or 
the <' Great South Pond," as it was then called, and was 
bounded on the west by the brook and William Williams's 
land, on the east by M)rstic River, and on the north by 
Lieutenant Joseph Stanton's land and the " Great South 

Just what portion of this Groton farm was Edmund 
Fanning Senior's, in addition to the original fifty acre grant, 
it is difficult to determine, as there seems to be no record 
of its acquisition either by him or his son Edmund, and 
no doubt these deeds, like many others in those times, 
were never recorded. 

Edmund Fanning's name appears in a *' Record or 
Regifter of the Inhabitants names Taken this 29*^ of de- 
cember 1670 by the. selectmen of ftonington according 
toatowne order formeriy made the 15*^ of november 

> Vide StoniaglOB RMOfda, nit Bool^ Manfafei, Birdis 
1664, p. 194. 

The recofd does aol ftato what the figwes foUowing the names fefer to. 
but the fccond columa if piobablf the number of the home*]ot drawn by cich 

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Mr Tho : ftanton Senioi 

- 91:99 

Benjamin palmer 

20 : 19 

Captaine george Dcniaon 41 : 7 

gersbum palmer 


Tho: minor 


Tho: Bell 

«: 4 

John gallop senior 


Jofeph ftanton 


mr S:miucll Chcerbrough 


John ffisb 

»S: 5 , 

inr Amos Richardson 

33: 8 

Tho : Sha senior 


nchcmiah palmer 


Edmund ffaning 


Naihaniell Checfbrough 

34: I 

John gallop senior 


inr James Noyes 


John ffrinke 


Mliilia Chcerijrough 

33: a 

James yorkc Junior 


Tho flanton junior 


Nathaniell Beebe 


Kphraim minor 

43 : 26 

John Renols senior 


inoscs palmer 

14: 9 

Roger fteere 


James Yorke senior 


John (ha 


Jolin ftanton 


John Searles 


Tho : wheeler 


Robert ffleming 


louftenantSamell mason 

Robert Holmes 


hy ihe maior 


Mrs Anna Chefbrough 

36: 3 

Joseph minor 


by Nathaniell Chefbrough 

John Bcnit 


Mrs Rebeckah palmer 

17: 6 

isark wheeler 


by gershom palmer 

John Dcnison 


Henrie fteevens 


Jusia witer 


Ezekiell niaine 

13 :24" 

The homestead farm of Edmund Fanning in Stoningtoni 
where he resided at the time of his death in 16831^ was 
embraced in two grants of land made him from that town 
in 1665 ^"d 1670. These two tracts by vote of the town 
wore laid out, one of one hundred acres, the 3d of Febru- 
ary, 1667, and the other of twenty acres, the 28th of 
I'cbruary, 1673. They were situated, as before stated. 

* rrovcd by Deed of Thomas Fanning to Lt. James A very. Dee. 18, 1693 
(viilti Stonington Deeds, Book ii., p. 213), and also by Deed of James Fan- 
mwK.l" same, Jan. 19, 1692-3 (ibid., II., p. 212.) 

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iwt> inilrs iu>rtli nf OM Myslic, on the east side of Mys- 
tic Kivcr. After the huul went out of the possession 
of the l«\innin«js, it finally became nierj»ccl into the •• Ilcmp- 
stcnd I'arm," so known for many jj^Mierations. Just south 
of this farm was a level tract called " Hempstead Plains/' 
the old Indian name of which locality was '* Cutthungaup," 
or "Kithunsank/'* 

IJy reference to the map included in this volume the 
reader will readily observe the dimensions of the farm. 
The one hundred acres was in the form of a rectangular 
parallelogram, lying west northwest and east southeast, 
and the twenty acres adjoined it at its southeast corner. 
This tract was bounded on the south by Robert Hemp- 
stead's grant of two hundred acres, west by Mystic Urook, 
north by Nathaniel Beebe, east by lleebc and conmion 
land, which common land was in 1669 laid out to Robert 
Fleming. Robert Hempstead laid claim to his two hun- 
dred acres through a grant from the town of Pequot, Feb- 
ruary 19, 1652,* and which farm he called his ** Pequot 
Farm." The bounds of this two hundred acres, however, 
were not established until the 12th of September, 17 10, 
and were recorded by his son, Joshua Hempstead, 9th of 
March, 1 7 1 9. These bounds seem to have conflicted with 
Fanning's on the northeast corner. On the 29th of April, 
1 7 10, the following protest and caution was entered on 
the Stonington Records by Joshua Hempstead : 

" JcHiua Hemftead of New London enter caution in Record in 
Stonington againfl any Perfons Entring Pofsefion on a Certain 
Grant of two hundred acres of upland or on any Part of ye same 

* Called aUo Kithunggansik Plain. Viilc Stonington Deeds, »., 330. 

• Vide New London Deeds, Book 11., p. 3, 

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Granted by ye town of New London (aUas Peqaott) unto Robt 
Hemftead, bounded near MiAick River with Land given Pftter 
Blachford on ye South, and with Comon Land on ye North; ft 
on ye Eaft; sd Comon being since gmted by ye Town of 
Stonington to Edmond Faning Senor of ye same Stonington. 
Apr"*. 29* 1710. Entred upon Record AprieU 99* 17x0. 
per Elnathan Minor Town Qerk.** 

In order to remedy the boundary line interference the 
Town (had) voted April 29, 1679 an additional one hun- 
dred acres of land to Fanning in lieu of the portion claimed 
by Hempstead : 

''The same day it was unanimously Agreed And voated that 
Edmund faning Seni^ : hath granted him A hundred Acres of Land 
in the Town Commons not intrenching upon any former grant, 
which grant is in Confiderstion of some part of his former grant 
being taken from him, the same intrenching upon hemfteada 
former grant & being layed out to hemftead by order of New 
London^before the sayd fimings gnmt stood in foroe.*^ 

If there was any further contention over these two 
tracts of land, the bounds of which had been in dispute, 
the matter was certainly settled, and very effectively at that, 
by the purchase by Joshua Hempstead, in March, I7IS>- 
30, of the Fanning one hundred acres, and its con- 
solidation with his own farm* At that time the Fanning 
land had gone out of its possession by the family, and 
through various transfers had finally become the pr o p ert y 
of Edward Ashby, who deeded it to Joshua Hempstead, 
son of Robert Hempstead, on the above date. 

The original grant to Edmund Fanning of one hundred 
acres contained much more than that area, not an unusual 

* vide StOBiagton Recotdi, Town Voto^ Book n^ p. 31. 

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instance, in the case of early grants. It was 270 rods long 
on its north and south lines, and 129 rods on its east line, 
making double the acreage stated in the grant 

North of Edmund Fanning lay Nathaniel Becbc's farm. 
This was acquired by two grants of land, one of sixty and 
one of fifty acres, the former of which was laid out the 
same date as Fanning's, February 3, 1667. This one 
hundred and ten acres afterwards became the property of 
William Denison, and later came down through successive 
transfers to Capt John Denison, and still later to Charles 
Phelps, and was known by the name of the Phelps or 
Cleveland farm. After that it went into the possession 
of the Wheeler family, and is now owned in the most part 
by the Clark N. Whitford heirs, the Wheeler lands still 
bordering on the east. 

On the southeast of Fanning lay Robert Fleming, who, 
in addition to his thirty acre grant in 1669 from the town 
of Stonington, acquired die next year one hundred and 
fiffy acres from Aaron Stark. The southwest portion of 
this land of Fleming soon became the property of Thomas 
Atwood, and later went to Deacon Elisha Bennett, who 
had also acquired in 1776, forty-two acres of the original 
Fanning grant adjoining. The Bennett descendants still 
own largely here at the present time. 

Peter Blatchibrd very early had a grant of land south 
of Robert Hempstead, which went by purchase to Robert 
Park, who bounded him on the south. A strip of land 
thirty-one rods deep running from Mystic River easterly 
about three hundred and fifty rods, and south of and ad- 
joining Robert Hempstead, was sold by the Parks in 1668 
to John Fish, whose home-lot was still further east and 

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adjoined southerly on Robert Fleming^ and on Edmund 
Tanning's grant of twenty acres. 

On the 24th of August, 1697, Thomas and Dorothy 
Park sold to Ebcnezer Williams two hundred and ftSty 
acres " at Cutthungaup/' bounding Joshua Hempstead on 
the south. This land and more adjoining it remained in 
the Williams family for many generations, and some of it 
is even now owned by their descendants. 

Edmund Fanning's farm of one hundred and twenty 
acres, at his death in 1683, was given over to the use of 
the widow, Ellen, and youngest son, James, and soon after 
was divided between the sons, Thomas and James. Thomas 
had the northern portion of sixty acres, including the 
house, and James the southern portion of equal size. 
James sold his share with a house thereon, to Lt. James 
Avery January 19, 1692-3 ;* and Thomas his portion, in- 
cUiding the original Fanning house, December 18, 1693.* 
Lt. Avery retained it until the 13th of March, 1703-4, when 
he sold it to William Park.' Park sold one hundred 
acres of it on the 3d of October, 171 2, to Anthony Ashby 
of Groton,* who left it in his will, 14th of December, 171 2, 
to his brother, Edward Ashby, and his children.* From 
Edward Ashby it was deeded to Joshua Hempstead, in 
March, 1719-20,* and was thus absorbed into the Hemp- 
stead Farm, which by this addition was enlarged to about 
five hundred acres. This farm remained in the possession 
of the Hempstead family (with the exception of forty-two 

> Vide Stonington Deeds, Book n., p. 2I2« *Ibid., ii., p. aij. 

'Ibid., 11^ pp. X05 and 494. ^Ibid., II., p. 495. 

* Vide New London Wills, Book A., p. 676. 
'Vide Stonington Deeds, Book Ill.» p. 126. 


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acres 1)11 its norilicast corner, whicli was deeded to Deacon 
Elisha Dennett in 1776) until 18 12, when it was divided 
into strips running east and west and left by will of Joshua 
Hempstead to his heirs.* Later, portions of the farm were 
deeded to various owners, and have long since gone out 
of the hands of the Hempsteads, although the locality is 
still spoken of as '* Hempstead Plains." 





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Later known as Uie Robert Hempstead Place 

The site of Edmund Fanning's house, which was located 
near the centre of the farm, about twenty-five rods from 
the north line is marked now only by a cellar-hole. The 
house was more recently known as the Robert Hemp- 
stead place, and was torn down in the summer of 1842 by 

Wide New London Probate Records, Book vii„ p. 55. 

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Clark N. Whitronl, its owner. The ham, which sUkhI 
about sixty feet south-southwest from the house, had dis- '■ 
appeared previous to that time. The original house was ! 
a small one-story building, with a stone chimney on its 
west end. This building was afterwards added to, making 
quite a substantial structure, though it was smaller than 
the one his brother James built some eighty rods south- . 
ward. The Edmund Fanning house had a straight roof, \ 
and faced south, as a majority of the houses did in those 
days, and was built in the style of the times. Traces 
of the cellar still remain, as well as of an outside cellar 
a short distance northerly. Near the latter is the re- ; 
nuiins of an old cattle-pen, and a crib stood northeast 
of the house about ninety feet. Water was supplied to 
the premises by a brook that ran north of the house and 
into a little pond or reservoir thirty or forty feet in diam- i 
etcr. The last occupant of the house was Benjamin Noyes. 
His son, the present William B. Noyes of Mystic, well 
remembers residing in the Fanning house in his boyhood. 
Clark N. Whitford, who died November S, 1901, at the age 
of eighty-one years, and owned the tract, and his brother- 
in-law, Warren Wheeler, aged eighty-two, both well re- 
member the old house, and attest its great antiquity. 

The outlet of this farm was a path, or pentway, leading 
from Edmund Fanning's, southerly down by James Fan- 
ning's house, (the site of which is now occupied by Everard 
Whitford's house) , and by Samuel Hempstead's house (now 
Philetus A. Brown's) and thence still further south, past 
the east end of the peat swamp down to the Milltown 
Road, coming out by the Peleg Williams house. Another 
old path led easterly from a point midway between Sam- 
uel and Joshua Hempstead's, and came out by the Robert 

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Hempstead, Jr., place, now owned by the Israel E. Dewey 
heirs, and so on over to the Milltown Road. Another 
path led northwest from Edmund Fanning's house to 
Mystic Brook and across the "Riding-way" up to Ed- 
mund Fanning, Jr.'s farm, now known as the Barnes place. 
Another path seems to have led directly cast from Fan- 
ning's near his north line, and then turning southeasterly 
skirted around to the Bennett burying ground, and struck 
the Milltown Road there. Still another path led from 
Samuel Hempstead's south line directly west past the old 
cellar-hole of George Hempstead across Mystic Brook to 
the highway. A short path also led from Edmund Fan- 
ning's house directly west to the brook and across that to 
the Gallup farm. Most of these old paths have traces left. 
They were the only outlets to the farm; no highways at 
that time traversed this tract. The first highway to be 
laid out here was the Milltown Road running from Mystic 
village northeasterly to Milltown, which road was laid out 
June 23, 1766.* This layout was not recorded, however, 
at Stonington until one hundred years later, Januarv 19, 

The next highway constructed across the farm was the 
** Indian Town Road," so called, ordered laid out by the 
town of Stonington, November 20, 1854. This highway 
ran from the Milltown Road northerly across Hempstead 
Plains up to the Ledyard town line at Mystic Brook. The 
road where built across the swamp sank from sight not 
long after its construction, and after being rebuilt two or 
three times was finally abandoned at that point, and one 
half mile of it reconstructed in a new locality further east, 

^ Vide Stonington Deeds, Book xxx., p. 419. 

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passing around by Philetus A. Brown and Everard Whit- 
ford's houses, and joining the old road again just north of 
the swamp. This alteration was made May 1 1. 1866, by 
a committee appointed by the Superior Court, land being 
given for the purpose by its owners. 

A third highway was laid out about 1880, running 
northerly from the Milltown Road past the old Deacon 
Elisha Bennett house and up by Clark N. Whitford's to 
Charles S. Bennett's, and from that point westerly to the 
Indian Town Road. From this point west a short piece of 
highway was also laid out to Mystic Brook in September, 

As previously stated, Mystic River or Brook bordered 
Fanning and Hempstead's Stonington farms on the 
west. The "Long Swamp," so called in the early deeds, 
one hundred and twenty rods long by seventy-five rods 
wide, lies between the brook and the Indian Town Road 
on land now of Everard VVhitford and Philetus A. Brown, 
This swampy land, lying directly between the western parts 
of their farms, does not seem to have been claimed by 
cither Hempstead or Fanning in the early times, and it 
is difficult to determine who owned it, although it came 
outside of Hempstead's later bounds, and probably was 
included in the Fanning tract 

A brief mention also, of the old houses on this Fanning* 
Hempstead tract may not be inappropriate. A very an- 
cient house, with gambrcl-roof and projecting eaves, is 
that of Philetus A. Brown. It was probably built by one 
of the early Hcmpstcads, and dates back one hundred and 
fifty or two hundred years, though its exact age cannot 
now be determined. 

'Vide Stonington Deeds, Book xxxviir., p. 320. 

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The Deacon ICIisha lionnelt house is an old stnictiirc, 
built probably about 1776, when Deacon Uennett i)ur- 
chased his forty-two acres of land from the Ilempsteads. 
It is located at the east end of the old Kannin^ tract, not 
far from the Bennett burying {jround, on the road laid out 
about 18S0, which runs north from the Milltown road. It 
is a short distance south of the Clark N. Whitford house. 
The latter is an older house than that of Deacon IJennett, 
its oldest part having been built long before the Revolu- 
tionary War. 

The house now owned by the Israel E. Dewey heirs, a 
little southwest from the Deacon Elisha Kcnnett house, 
was built probably by Robert Hempstead, Jr. He lived 
there in 18 12 and 1823 as proved by the Stonington 
records. It later belonged tc Ephraim T. Bennett. North 
of this house is one owned by the Jesse Bennett heirs, 
which is a modern structure. One of the oldest houses 
in this vicinity stands on the Milltown road at a point fif- 
teen rods southeast of Fanning's twenty acre grant. It is 
now owned and occupied by Benjamin A. Brown. There 
is little doubt that this was the original John Fish house, 
built soon after 16S1, when he received his fifty acre grant 
from the town of Stonington. In a deed in the year 1720 
this old house is spoken of as being the property of Capt. 
Samuel Fish (son of John Fish), and occupied at that 
time by Joseph Bennett. Elisha Bennett, Jr., lived there 
in 1815. The general appearance of this house as well as 
various marks prove its great antiquity. 

The Charles Whiting house, now owned and occupied 
by William J. Williams, stands on the Indian Town Road, 
about in the centre of the Hempstead tract, a few rods 

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north of its southern boundary. The house was built by 
Mr. Whiling about 1836. The older VVhitinf^ house stood 
just north of this one, and was probably built by Cyrus 
Peckhaiii, of whom Whiting bought the property. It was 
a one-story house and faced south. Across the road stands 
the old barn, and south of that another modern barn has 
been erected. The older house was torn down about 1890. 
An outdoor cellar was cast of the house, and also an old 
shop where the Whitings made sieves. 

There are two burying grounds on this Fanning tract: 
the Hempstead and Bennett burying grounds. The for- 
mer is directly west of Everard Whitford's house, and the 
IJennett burying place is at the extreme northeast corner 
of the original Fanning farm. Both were created after tlic 
land went out of the possession of the Fannings, A few 
Hempstead graves are located near the extreme south line 
of the Hempstead farm, directly east of the William J. 
Williams house. The family burying ground of the Fan- 
nings was across the brook, on the Groton side, and b 
fully described elsewhere. 

The second drawing of lots by the inhabitants of the 
town of Stonington took place February 9, 1680, following 
a vote passed the May previous that each inhabitant should 
have one hundred acres. There were forty-nine inhabitants 
at that time who were divided up into divisions of six each, 
and each division was required to choose and lay out its 
grants in the week allotted. 

The record of the Town Meeting and list of names fol- 

"fcbruarie 9"* 16S0: 
The same day it was voated that the Respective inhabitants 
whoc are to draw Letts this day shall according to their Lotts bee 
in number Six to A week to seek & lay out their grants according 

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to prcvclcdgcs by Lott soe time & place and in Cafe Any shall 
neglect or outstand his p per time, it shall bee legall for the next 
in place to p ceed and the firfl Six are to begin on munday next 
after the dabte hereof which will bee the 14''' of this Inftant: 

the firft six are 

ni' — Chefobrough 


John Dcnifon 


widow gallop 


Henry Stevens 


Robert holmes : 


Cap*. Denifon 


Jofiah witter : 


John fifli 


Thomas Sha^ : 


m'Tho: Stanton Sen' 


John Sha^ : 


John frink 


Nehemiah palmer 


James york Jun' 


Ezekiell mayn 


John Searles 


Jofcph minor 


mofes palmer 


Thomas Sianion Jun' 


Benjamin palmer 


JuhiJ Sum(»n 


James york Sen'. 


Tliomas Bell 


John lienett 


XathaniellChefcbrough 13 

Robert fleming 


Samucll mafoa 


M' James Noicc 


John gallop Jun' 


Ephraim minor 


Roger Stcre 


Samuell Chefebrough 


John Renalls 


Thomas wheler 


Isack wheler 


Daniell roafon 


Thomas minor 


Thomas Edwards 


Nalhanicll bcby 


SamucU parks 


gcrfliom palmer 


Jofhua Holms 


m' Richcfon Sen' 


Daniell Shaw 


Kdmund faning 


Edward yeomons 


Jofeph Stanton 


Tho: Rofe 


Thomas Renalls 


^ W.e Slur.iniston RccvvOss Tow n Votes, etc, frtmi 1673, Book lU PP» 35 
*na 37. 

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April 6, 1669, Edmund Fanningfs name appears in a 
list of forty-one inhabitants of Stonington who signed a 
petition to the Town requesting that thirty acres of land 
be granted their "neighbor and (Trend Robert ffleming";' 
and again in December, l673» in a list of tliirty-one in- 
habitants' names requesting the Town to grant forty acres 
to Edward Yeamans.' 

In 1676 we find Edmund Fanning^s name with seven- 
teen other inhabitants of Stonington, in a list of contribu- 
tors to a fund raised for James Dean to induce him to 
settle in their town, as appears from the following record: 

"At A publick Town meting Legally warned to be on februaiy 
the 26*^ : 1676 : For Incouragement of James Dean, in order to 
his Sctlement in our Town — Sundry Inhabitants doe ingage them- 
selves to pay unto the sayd Dean A Ccrtayn sum, which for and 
in Conlideration, the sayd Dean p mifeth to repay all sutch per- 
fons in Smithery work as each partee shall have occation for : 
And that thefe prefents shall Reciprocally bee binding each to 
the other : 

The firft m' Stanton Seni' : p mifeth five pounds — 

m' Amos Richefon & his Sun Steven five pounds — 

Nehemiah palmer twentie shillings — 

Nathaniell Chefebrough twentie shillings — 

Thomas Stanton Jun' : twentie shillings — 

Ephraim minor twentie shillings — 

Joseph minor twentie shillings— 

goodman Renalls and his Sunn Thomas fortie shillings — 

Thomas Bell twentie shillings — 

Henry Stevens twentie shillings — 

Edmund fanning twentie shillings — 

Jofliuah holms twenty shillings — 

Wide Stonington Records, Book i., p. loi. 

*Ibid.,p. 82. 

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K/.cikcll mayii Iwcntic sliillii)gs-— 
Siinucll iniiior twciilic sliilliii^^N — 
Adciin gallop twoiitiv shillings — 
m' James Noys tciui shillings — 
gooJman Scarl Iwcnlic shillings — 

The sum Above mentioned is to bee payed to James Dean at 
some place in Stonington where he may or shall dwell : in either 
pork butter, or wheat at or before the Lad of November next 
enfuing after the dable hereof: the species mentioned are to 
bee payed at price curent" : * 

Edmund Fanning appears to have had a prominent 
share in the building of the meeting-house (First Congre- 
gational Church) at Stonington, located on Agreement 
Hill. This church was formally organized June 3, 1674. 
The building was erected by subscriptions of timber, 
shingles, nails, etc., from the inhabitants, and was used 
for service until taken down to make way for a nev/ build- 
ing erected in 1729. The record follows: 

"At A Town meting Legally warned September the 6* 1677 : 

firft by order of the select men the ReCorder for memorandum 
sake was defired to enter each — p portion of work, which they 
voluntarily render to doe provided they may bee exempted for 
farther charge Concerning the Jaubing & Clabording the Re- 
mayning part of the houfe for this prefent exigence : 

firil m' Amos Richefon Lieutenant mafon m' Daniell mafon 
And Thomas Edwards promis to doe the South fide up to the 
girt even to the twoo end dores — 

z^y goodman faning goodman fifti goodman Bennett & Robert 
holmes to doe from the pulpit to the Sout weft end dore — 

3 gerfliom palmer Jofeph minor Ezeikiell mayn & John Shaw 
from the pulpit to the Northeaft end dore — 

* Vide Stonington Records, Town Votes, Book ll., p. 21. 

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4 nr wells hath ^'vcn five shillings in money towards p Curin;; 
[•lals (or the nurling hourc — 

5 \W Natlmnicll Chclcliroiigh & ni' ICphmiui minor p mifc to 
p Cure glafs the Soiithealt iiper window — 

6 m' Steven Richefon to pCurc glafs for the Norteafl end 
window — 

7 ni' henry Stevens hath Received the five shillings in money 
before mentioned i^ doth ingagc to |)Ctirc glafs to glase the 
south well end window — 

8 m' John liadcock & m' Jodiuah holmes p mife to p Cure 
glafs to glafe the Eaftcr moft uper fide window — . 

9 John Stanton ingageth A pair of hinges for the South Dore 
& hooks — 

10 goodman fifli pmfeth hinges & hooks to the South weft 
end dore 

1 1 James Dean hinges & hooks for the Northeaft end dore 

12 John gallop ingageth to pCure an Iron latch & Chetch & 
hafp & Ring & SCuchin — 

nextly for the smiths in Couragement ra' Richefon p mifeth to 
Chart the thatch to Cover his houfe : & to allow htm twoo days 
work more : 

2 Adam gallop Thomas Edwards & Thomas faning pmife to 
Cutt the thatch for his houfe : 

3 Leivotenant mafon & gerfliom palmer each of them one days 
work in Charting — 

4 m' wheler p mifeth him two hundred of laths — " * 

In 1673 \vc find Edmund Fanning sci-ving as town con- 
stable of Stonington : 

"The : 26 : of ffebruarie : 1673 ; 
The same day Edmund ffaning gerflium palmer and Thomas 
Bell were Chosen Conflables for the yeare ensueing as Above 
writen : and the same day they were all sworne"^ 

' Vide Stonington Records, Town Votes, Uook II., p. 23. * Ibid., p. 6. 

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Edmund Fanning was made a freeman of Stonington 
by the General Court at Hartford the 17th of May, 1673 : 

"A Court of Election held at Hartford, May 17, 1673 — Per- 
sons presented to be made free : — For Stonington L"* Samuell 
Mason, Daniel Mason, Ezekiell Mayn, John Searles, Edmun Fan- 
ing, James Yorke Jun', Tho : Bell, John Gallop Jun'."* 

He took the Freeman's Oath the 27th of April, 1674: 

"The 27*^ : of Aprill : 1674 : M'. Daniell Mason, Edmund ifan- 
ing John Searles and Thomas Bell all Tooke the ffreemens oath :" 

"The : 28"': of Aprill 1674 : Ezekiell Mayne and John gallop 
Junior The ffree men oath"* 

In 16S0 Edmund Fanning was elected a surveyor of 
highways : 

"At A Town meting Lcgall- warned December 30*** 1680 : 
The Same day Jolluui Huhnes & Edmund faning Senio' was 
Surveighors of the Town highwayes."' 

Edmund Fanning served in King Philip's War, 1675-76, 
as did also his sons Edmund, Thomas and John.* 

His name appears in the list of "Volunteers" who drew 
"Cedar Swamp Lots," so called. These Lots were granted 
the English volunteers who served in the Narraganset War 
as compensation and reward for their services. The Court 
of Connecticut made the grant in 1696, and confirmed it 
in 1700. On July ist of the following year the volun- 
teers held a meeting at which a committee was chosen to 

* Vide Colonial Records of Connecticut, 1665-1677, edited by J. Hammond 
Trumbull, A. M., Hartford, 1852, Vol. II., p. 201. 

• Viilc Stonington Records, Book r., p. 129. ' Ibid., Town Voles, li., p. 35, 
*Thc list of names of the English Volunteers in the Narraganset War is in 

the old rroprietors* Record Book, No. i, p. 2, at Voluntown, Conn. A pub- 
lished list will be found in " Soldiers in King Philip's War," by George M. 
Bodge, A. B., Leominster, Mass., 1S96, pp. 442-446. 

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prepare the list of grantees and to decide on the merits of 
their claims. The tract granted covered an area six miles 
square. The Lots were laid out in Voluntown, Connecti- 
cut, which became known as the " Volunteer Country." 
Edmund Fanning's heirs drew Lot No. ioi» of eight/ 

A close friendship existed between the Fanning and 
Fish families of the first and second generations. Possibly 
there was an intermarriage of which no record now exists. 
Both families settled in New London and Stonington at 
the same time. John Fish is said to have been of Lynn, 
Mass., in 1635,* Sandwich 1637, Stratford, Conn.» 1654, 
New London 1655, and Stonington in 1668. Edmund 
Fanning and John Fish's homestead farms in Stonington 
adjoined, as did also the lands of the second generation 
in Groton, wlrere Lieutenant John Fanning and Captain 
Samuel Fish resided. In a deed, in 1702,* Captain Sam- 
uel Fish speaks of his" loving kinsman Mr. John ffanning," 
who was his partner in certain business transactions, and 
who purchased land with him of Colonel John Pynchon 
on Fort Hill, Groton. While the expression, "loving 
kinsman " as it was used in those days did not necessarily 
indicate a relationship by marriage, it showed a close inti- 
macy between the two families. The Records of the First 
Congregational Church, Stonington, also show that Mar- 
garet, wife of Lieutenant John Fanning and her daughter 
Mary, were baptised the same day (August 26, 1686) as 
Sarah, wife of Captain Samuel Fish, and her two sons, 
Samuel and John. Other baptisms and church admissions 
at Stonington were equally indicative also. 

'American Family Antiquities, Vol. Ul., p. 141. 
*Vide Groton Deeds, Book I., p. 12. 

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Thomas Minor, llic early settler of Stonington, who 
was prominent in town alTairs, makes frequent mention of 
Edmund Fanning in his Diary between the years 1663 
and 1675, ^"^ follows: * 

"The .23. of march I was informed by H : g : that Capt georgc 
Denison and James morgan upon the .22. of march being Tusday 
1663-64 was laing out of land at uiisticke for Thomas parke Ed- 
mund faning and Nathaniell Jk'be : " 

"The 29 of Aprile 1664 Edmund ffainings Daughter was 
drD\\'ned and buried the 30 " 

(March 2, 1665) "I was informed by Edward ffanings of the 
broyle between Aron & Tho parke and John galop *' 

"The 26th of Aprile 1665 .... Emund flanni[n]g had young 
daughter the same day" 

(December 28, 1665) *'A Tjwne meeting the month being 
out" etc. "John Packer Edward faning was there." 

(March 8, 1667) "the 8 day we wer at ffanings" 

(August 31, 1669) ".31. day tusday I gathered hops good- 
wife flaning was hcare with lillie" 

(February 20, 1669/70) "the .20. snow (Tell I was at samuell 
Cheesbrouglis and had 16 pound of fllax and at ffanings to speakc 
with morgan : " 

(September 4, 1671) "the 4 th. of this month we agreed with 
John ascrafte to Leave the farm Edmund faning Tho: park 
Joseph Morgan Joshua holmes witnesses" 

(February 9, 1671/72) "the .9th. day Emund was heare 
wensday the .14 I my wife was at the farroe and good wife ffaning" 

(August 7, 1672) "the .7th. day wensday Elizabeth Witter 
was buried wee wer at plowin of the playne I and my Wife was 
at Edmund franin£:s " 

' Vide The Diary of Thomas .Minor, Stonington, Conn., 1653 to 16S4, by 
Sidney II. Miner and George D. Stanton, Jr., New London, Conn., 1S99. 

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(August 14, 1672) "the 14th. my Wife was at fanings wee 
i^yd out 20. Ackers of Land for the smilli " 

(March 15, 1674/75) "the 15 day of inarch ould wheeler 
owed to goodwife flaning and his daughter in Law that he p'mised 
pay the next Rate " 

(May 10, 1675) "monday the loth. my wife and I was at 

After this date references to Edmund Fanning cease, 
although the Diary was continued by Thomas Minor un- 
til July» 1684. There are references to Edmund, Jr., and 
to Thomas Fanning up to 1679. 

Edmund Fanning, Senior, died intestate at Stonington 
in December, 1683, leaving five sons and one daughter. 
Nearly all the papers connected with the settlement of his 
estate were destroyed by the infamous Arnold when he 
burned New London, September 6, 1781. No data has 
been preserved which gives the dates of the births of his 
and his wife Ellen's children. Nor can any record be found 
of the dates of the birth and marriage of Edmund, or of 
the birth of his wife Ellen, whose maiden name has not 
been ascertained. Their marriage took place in Ireland, 
where their eldest son, Edmund, was born. The other 
children were born in this country. 

Edmund Fanning's estate was settled by the Probate 
Court of New London, by which it appears that he had 
bestowed the bulk of his property upon his four eldest 
sons and daughter during his lifetime, each receiving 
some portion of the estate before his death. What was 
left at the time of his decease was given to the widow, 
Ellen, and the youngest son, James, for their use and dis- 
posal under certain restrictions. This appears by a record 
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with the year i68i/unindexed and pages not numbered, 
as follows : 

"Ye Inventory of the Estate of Edmund fanning exhibited in 
Court is approved & ordered to be recorded, and the sonnes of 
y® s' Edmund ffanning vizt Edmund, thomas John & W"* Faning 
& Benj* Hcwet allsoe appearing in Court did declare in openCourt 
that they did rest sattisfied with what theire Hon'*' iTather had 
bestowed on them by way of portions in his lifetime and that 
therefore they did desire that what Estate there father had left 
as at ^^ Inventory given in should bee att there loving mothers 
disposal to use & dispoase of for herselfe & there youngest broth- 
er & to w*** end they have given in a Certificate unto the Court 
under there hands. 

"the Inventory of y« Estate of E* Faning being exhibited in 
Court is approved & ordered to bee recorded all the heirs of 
Kdmimd Fanning except y* youngest sonn declaring in open 
Court and desiring that record might bee made of it y* they had 
received there portions & weare Satisfied & did agree and desire 
that there mother might have the use & propriety of y^ Estate to 
her dispoase allowing the youngest sonne (James) his portion 
but y* widow not to alieanate the Lands from the heire or heires 
except shee hath reall need for her Subsistance w** alination shall 
bee with the Consent of all y« heirs or approbation of the Court 
" As attestc Charles Hill Cler " 

"This Court appoints Capt George Denison & Capt. Jon* 
Stanton overseers to bee helpfull to the widow, att a Court held 
att Stonington January 22"* 1683-4" 

" . • . . the widow faning to pay ten shillings for the setlement 
of her estat it being don at a called Court w* R the Clerk is to 
demand & receive." 

Book 1669 to 1697 Norwich Count/Court Records has 
the following: 

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"(1687) The Inventory* of the Estate of Edmond (Tanning 
Deccafed being Exhibited in Courte was proved and ordered to 
be Recorded and this Courte Grants power of Adminillration to 
the Rellircke* & to John ffaning & Mr John Gallop & Mr John 
Morgan upon the Widows Defire are apointed overfeers to the 
widow & children and Eftate " 

Miss CtiiilkJns, in her History of New London, erro- 
neously says that the estate was distributed to the " widow, . 
Ellen Fanning, and four sons and two grandsons, William 
and Benjanfiin Hewitt." Mary Fanning, the daughter of 
Edmund Fanning, was married to Benjamin Hewitt Sep- 
tember 24, 16S3, and their eldest son, Benjamin, was not 
born until August, 1688. So at Edmund Fanning's death 
in December, 16S3, he could not have had two Hewitt 
grandsons to have shared their mother's portion of his es- 
tate; first, because their mother was living at the time of 
his decease : second, because at that time she had no issue. 

Miss Caulkins also erred in giving Edmund Fanning 
but four sons. There were five as appears by an instru- 
ment on the Stonington Records executed 22 February, 
1683, in which the widow, Mrs. Ellen Fanning, and her 
five sons unite in confirmation of the sale of a tract of land 
in Stonington. This agreement reads as follows: 

" Know all men by thefe Prefents, that I, Ellen ffaning Relict 
to my Loving hufband Edmund ffaning Deceafed, have And Doe 
by thefe prefents with the free Confent of my sonns, Ratifie And 
Confirm the said Sale of one hundred Acres of Land unto Mr. 
John Allin of New London, which tract of Land was by Contract 
mutually Agreed upon by my Loving hufband & the fayd John 

* No inventory or record can be found. 

* Relict. 


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Allin Aiul I Doc Now with tlic ("oiilVnt \' ^'o(ul Api'ol>:Uioii of 
my Ions, frely fully C5i Abibliilcly Ixiitific ^ Confirni ilic Aforcsayd 
Contract vS: Doc Clearly ablblutcly Alienate pas over & linfcofe 
unto Mr. John Allin of New London in the Collony of Conccii- 
cott one hundred Acres of Land being Scittuate & lying ncer un- 
to or adjoyning to Land formerly layed out to Thomas parks as 
it doth Appcare j)laynly & dillinctly by the Records of Stoning- 
ton wee tiie fayd Ellen flaning & my son Edmund flaning witii 
the Rell of my fons hereunto subfcribed doe Acknowledg the 
fayd Sale of one hundred Acres of Land, as it is bounded by the 
surveighors of Stonington originally unto Mr. Edmund flaning 
Senior with all & Singular the parts & Contents thereof with the 
preveledges, immunitie as may hereafter Acrew as Comons Right 
unto Commonige with the wood limber under wood, water and 
water courfes, mines, mineralls with whatever Doth, or may Arife 
therefrom, from me tlie fayd EUen fianing as Executrix to my 
Loving hufband Deceafed & uf Edmund ffaning Eldefl Sonn to 
my honoured father Deceafed & Thomas ffaning John & william 
& James ffaning Unto Mr. John Allin of New London (yeoman) 
to him his Heirs Executors Adminiftrators And AfTignes for Ever 
To Have And to hold to poffefs & enjoye for Ever without any Lett 
hinderance molellation Ejection or diflurbance in, or, About the 
Aforefayd bargayned prcmifes. Declaring our Selves to have good 
And Lawfull Right to fullfill & Confirm this prefent Deed & fliall 
at all times be Ready vS: willing to give more Ample Deed for the 
farther Confirmation hereof when Ever Legally Called thereunto 
as witnefs our hands this twentie Second Day of februarie in the 
thirtie fifth yeare of the Reign of his majedie Charles the Second 
King of England Scotland france & Ireland Defender of the fayth 
ore. Ellen faning her fir* markc 

"Signed fealed & Edmund faning 

Delivered in the prefence Thomas faning 

of us witnelTes : John faning 

Ephraim Morse : William faning 

John Stanton : James faning 

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Edmund Fanning 83 

M£i]en ffiming Appeared And Acknowledged tbe Above writ- 
ten deed before me SamneD mafon Affiftant 

'^Stonington fefamarie 93d 1683 

''Tliis Deed was Entred in Stonington booke for deeds in foB 
119 : this ssth of maich 1683/84.**^ 

After Edmund Fannlng's death the widow was admitted 
to the First Congregational Church at Stonington, Octo- 
ber 2, 1684.' 

Of the death of MHdow Ellen Fanning there is no record, 
nor of any settlement of her estate. She was living in 
1687, as proved by the Records of the County Court at 
Norwich. It is probable, however, that she died before 
January, 1692-93, when the homestead farm was sold by 
her sons, Thomas and James, having previously been di- 
vided between them. Edmund and his wife were nodonlit 
buried in the old Fanning buiying ground on his Groton 
farm, but with unmarked headstones. 

There is a tradition, which is current among tiie old 
folks of Riverhead town. Long Island, where one branch 
of the &mily settled, that Edmund Fanning brought over 
the first summer pear tree known in this section, and that 
he broui^t it over in a wash-tub. 

The foregoing records and contemporaiy accounts in- 
dicate that Edmund Fanning was a man of influence and 
usefiikiess in the community with which he connected 
himself after his exile from his native land. That he was 
held in the esteem of his neighbors and townspeople is ap- 
parent from the references to him on the records, and the 
connection in which his name is linked with those of 

*VUt S Ui u lag teaDtcd^Book n., p. 119. 

*Vid« Hlitory of tbe Ffnt CoBgrcgitknMl Oiwcli, StoaiagtOB, Coaa^ bjr 
RIdMrd A. Wbtdci^ Nofwich, 1 875., p. 189. 

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Morgan, Minor, Chesebrough, Stanton and other leaders 
in the Colony. He is referred to in the Minor Diary in 
almost endearing terms by its author, who says : " Edmund 
was here/' calling him by his Christian name. Further 
references to him by Minor betoken the closest friendship 
and esteem. His prominent connection with the church, 
and his being styled therein *^ goodman fTaning,'' clearly 
show his standing in the Community. That he was a man of 
influence is also apparent in the fact that he received large 
grants of land from the towns of New London and Ston- 
ington, and also in his election to various town offices, and 
the prominent part he took in the affairs of those places. 
That he performed active service in King Philip's war, and 
took three of his sons with him into that contest, show that 
he was not backward when the '.all of public duty sounded. 
He must have possessed uncommon traits to have attracted 
the notice of Governor Wintlirop, whose cariy prot£g£ he 
became, and who gave him a settlement on Fishers Island, 
and long continued him in a position of confidence and 
responsibility. He readily adapted himself to the cir- 
cumstances and requirements of his new life, coSperating 
in every practical way with the people among whom he 
had cast his lot* and giving himself wholly to their interests. 
Although it would naturally be inferred that in his early 
life in Ireland Edmund Fanning was a Roman Catholic in 
belief, there is no positive proof of this; at all events his 
being made a freeman in Connecticut, and the part he 
had in the building of the church in Stonington, show 
that at that time he must have been of the Protestant 
faith, and the members of his family and their descendants 
have remained in that connection to the present time. 

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I. EDMUND* FANNING, (b. about 1620), 
ni. at , Ireland, about 1649, 

(laughter of , 

and b. at 

Issue five sons and two daughters :^ 

+2. I. Edmund', b. at , Ireland, about 1651. 

3. II, Margaret''' (probably), b. at Pequot (now New London), 
Conn., about 1653. She was drowned 29 April, 1664, 
(supposed in Quiambog Cove, town of Stonington, 
Conn.), and was buried the following day.f 

4-4. XII. 'I'liOMAs', b. on Fishers Island, N. Y., about 1655. 

+5. IV. John*, b. on Fishers Island, N. Y., about 1657. 
6. V. WiLLiAM^,b.on Fishers Island, N.Y. about 1659. Henever 
m., but was killed, it is said, early in life at Poquetanuck, 
Conn., by Indians. Little can be learned of him from the 
Conn. Records. His name appears as witness to a deed 
given by Owaneco, Sachem of the Mohegan tribe of In- 
dians, to Joseph Morgan 25 June, 1686, as recorded at 
Preston, Conn., and acknowledged the same day at 
Stonington, before Samuel Mason, Asst. He is also wit- 
ness to a deed on the New London Records 11 Feb., 
i68i-S2,J and is mentioned again on the same Records 

♦The Thomas Minor Diary, p. 92, has the following: "goodwifc flaning 
was heare with lillie," an implication that 'Millie" was **goo<lwifc fianingV 
daughter. She may have had a daughter by that name, but as there is no 
further evidence of it, the name is nut included in the list of children given. 

t Vide The Thomas Minor Diary, p. 197. Hon. Richard A. Wlieeler of 
Stonington, Conn., in a letter to the compiler, writes: ** My mother (Mary 
Hewitt, b. 17S1}, who was a direct descendant of Edmund Fanning, had a 
family tradition that this daughter was drowned in what is generally called 
Quiambog Cove, and that her name was Margaret." 

{ Vide New I^ndon Deeds, I*ook v., p. 62. 

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7. VI. 

10 June, 1 70.|.* I Ic h.icl :i grniil of lifly acres of hinti 
from ihc Town of Stoniitglon 10 Aug., 16834 At or 
bcHjre his death tin's land went to his brother John, 
who sold it 24 Jan., 171S-19 to Philip Palmctcr of 
Wcstcrly.J Tlie date of Wilham Tanning's death is not 
recorded. It was previous to 24 Jan., 1718-19, as proved 
by llie deed of that date above mentioned. 
Jami-:s'-, b. at New London, Cimn., about 1663. At the 
der.lh of Kdinund Fanning, Senior, in 1683, tlic widow 
I'lllcn and son James were given the use of the undi- 
vided portion of Kdnnind's estate, out of which James 
was to have his share at the proper time. James came 
into posses-^ion, therefore, soon aftenvards of the south- 
ern half of the Stonington farm of 1 20 acres, his brother 
Thomas receiving the northern part which included the 
homestead buildings. James resided on his portion 
until Jan., 1692-3, when he sold his sixty acres to Lieut. 
James Avery.g Previous to this he had been granted 
fifty acres of land from the town of Stonington, as ap- 
pears from the following record : 

"Aprill the 29*** 1690 granted unto James faning fiftie 
Acres of I^nd out of the Town Commons not intrench- 
ing upon former grants he hat libertie for his advantage 
to l^iy it : & tlie grant formerly given to his brother 
William all toghether, or otherwiie as he fliall fee 
Caiife." II 

This grant he sold to Ephraim Minor, Jr., the latter 
deeding it 8 July, 1692, to Isaac Wheeler, and James 
Fanning passed a confirmatory deed to Wheeler 11 July, 
i693,irboth deeds recorded at Stonington 14 May, 1695. 

■ Vide Xcw London Deeds, Book v\,^ p. 68. 

* Vide Stonington Records, Town Votes, Book H., pp. 46, 47. 

* Vide Sto.iington Deeds, Book I v., p. 76. 
§ Vide Appendix C. for copy of deed. 

; Vide Stoninjjtun Records, Town Votes, Book II., p. 56. 
^ Vide .Stonington Deeds, Book Ji., p. 201 ; also New London Deeds, Book 
r., p. X 10. 

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Edmufid Fanning 8 7 

Wc fiml a rcfcreiicc at Stunington lo James Faniiini; 
as follovvit : * 

"March the 4**, 16S8, then entred the mark properly 
l>eK)nging to James flanhig is A sh'U on the oO* eare X: 
an halfe penney on the u|idcr side the neer eare. 

•' Per me John Stanton^ Recorder." 

About 1693 his name disappears from the Stoning- 
ton Records, and no trace of him is afterward found. 
There is no record of his niarriage or dcnOi, or the birlh 
of any children. It is very h'kely that he was lost or died 
at sea while on a voyage with Mr. Halkim, as would 
seem probable from the following reference that appears 
in 1705 among the Probate papers at New London^ in 
a receipt or memorandum of his brother, Lieut. John 
Fanning : 

" An a/c of what I have received of the money was 
due to my brothere James (faning for wages whilst in a 
voyage with Mr. Hallam. 

Mr. E. Hallam was Dr. to my iaid brothere 04-12-00 

as per the makor* acct. the sum of 02-02-00 

Due to liallaiicc 02^10-00 

Received of the above sums as followeth : 

For 7 Bushell of Oats at i8d. per bushel /bo-io-6 

** 2 Gallons of rum at 5 per gall *<0o-io-o 

•• a gallon Molasses 3 sh. ••00-03-0 

Fur a payer Shues 6 sh. old Debt 4 th. jfoo-io-o 

Pd to my brother Thomas flaning ••oo-oS-6 

Miss Caulkins, in her History of New London, makes 
no mention of James in her list of Edmund Fanning's 
8. vn. Mary', b. at New London, Conn, (in that part after- 
wards Groton), 28 April, 1665,! bap. in the First Con- 
gregational Church at Stonington by the Rev. James 

* Vide Stoninf^ton Records, Book 1., p. 130. 
t Vide ThomaH Minor Diary, p. 202. 

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Noyes, Pastor, 29 Oct., 1682 ; m. at Stonington 24 Sept., 
'i'^^Z> ^o Lieut. Benjamin Hewitt, s. of Thomas and 
Hannah (Palmer) Hewitt, who were m. 26 April, 1659. 
. Hannah Palmer was dau. of Walter and Rebecca (Short) 
Palmer. Thomas Hewitt, the progenitor of the family, 
settled in Stonington as early as 1656. 

Benjamin and Mary (Fanning) Hewitt resided in 
Stonington, in that part now North Stonington, and had 
ten children as follows : 

I. Benjamin Hkwfit, b. 10 Aug., 1688; m. 3 March, 

1707, Ann Palmer. 

II. Israel HEwrrr, b. — April, 1691 ; m. 8 March, 

1714, Anna Breed. 

III. Tabitha Hewiit, bap. 24 July, 1692; living in 


IV. Mary Hewitt, bap. 12 Aug., 1694 m. 17 March, 

1715, James Billings; had s. James Billings, b. 
at Stonington 20 Sept., 1719, who m. Margery, 
dau. of William Fanning. She d. 2 7 March, 1752. 

V. Joseph Hewitt, bap. 13 Dec, 1696; m. 5 Oct., 

1720, Mary Chesebrough. 

VI. Elkanah HEwnr, bap. 7 May, 1699; m. in 1723 

Temperance Keeney. 

VII. Hannah Hewitt, bap. 29 June, 1701 m. 29 Dec, 

1720, Increase Billings, 
vni. Henry Hewitt, bap. 30 July, 1704; m. 25 Dec, 
1735, Joanna Denison. 
DC. Content Hewitt, bap. 3 April, 1708; m. ist 14 
June, 1727, Rev. Ebenezer Russell ; 2d 16 Jan., 
1 733, Dea. Joseph Denison. 
X. Thankful Hewitt, bap. 3 June, 1711 ; d. 6 Feb., 
1 720, in her loth year and bur. in the Old Plains 
Burying Ground at North Stonington. Her head- 
stone is still standing. 

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Major Israel Hewitt, s. of Benjamin and Mary 
(Fanning) Hewitt, had a dau. Amie Hewitt, b. 1716, 
who m. Nathaniel Williams and had dau. Anna Wil- 
liams, who m. Col. William Ledyard, the hero of the 
Groton massacre. Col. Ledyard and Anna Williams, 
his wife (great-granddau. of Mary Fanning Hewitt), 
had nine ch., one of whom was only ten days old at 
the time of the massacre at Fort Griswold, 6 Sept., 
1 781. This infant was named Charles, and died in 
1 7S9, a few hours before his mother, and by her re- 
quest was buried in her arms. 
Lieut. Benjamin Hewitt d. at Stonington 26 April, 
1725, "in his 62* year."* Mary (Fanning) Hewitt d. 
at Stonington 14 Dec, 1743, "in her 78* year." f ^otYi 
are bur. in the old Plains Burying Ground, where their 
headstones still stand. Benjamin Hewitt's will is on file 
at New London,! dated 25 April, 1725, the day before 
his death, and was probated 20 May following. It men- 
tions his w. Mary, and all his ten ch. (as recorded above) 
except Thankful, who had d. in 1720. He appointed 
his w. Mary and s. Henry his executors, to whom he 
bequeathed his homestead farm and buildings. The 
other provisions of his will were as follows : 

To his s., Benjamin Hewitt, he gave the tract of land 
whereon he then dwelt, lying on the east side of his s., 
Israel Hewitt's land ; to his dau., Tabitha Hewitt, three 
pounds ; to his s., Israel Hewitt, five shillings ; to his 
dau., Mary Billings, three pounds; to bis s., Joseph 
Hewitt, five shillings; to his s., Elkanah Hewitt, the 
tract where he then had a sawmill, which land he bought 
of James Dean, and lying on the east side of Cossaduck 
Hill ; to his dau., Hannah Billings, three pounds ; to 

♦ Gravestone. f Ibid. 

^New Lonilon Pmhate KccoriU, Wills Book C.» p. 171. 

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his (hill., CoiUiMit TTcwilt, fifiy poniuls and her l>;iy mnrc 
nml coll ; to hii: w., Mary I Icwitt, liis liuliaii boy, Syiiion. 
His estate both real and personal was inventoried at 
";^ 1543-7-0 as follows : 

Wearing npparrcll 15 niilitar}' anus 3-10 18-1000 

rtiliii); hursc atul furniture i2-<x>-oo 

furniture ami Indian i)oy S6-00-00 

ye liomcsteil farm buildings and fences 500-00-00 

ye farm lliat ia given to hii fun Benjamin 400-00-00 

" " " " " " " " Elkanah 250-00-00 

yc Rest of ye out Lands 100-00-00 

animals 167-05-00 

tools 9-12-00 

20 May 1725 1543-7-0 

Ebenezer billings 
William Wheeler 
RichJ frink* 

Hon, Richard A. Wheeler, of Stonington, Conn., is a 
direct descendant of Edmund Fanning, through his dau. 
Mary, who m. Lieut. Benjamin Hewitt, of whom he is 
a great-great-grandson. His line of descent runs as fol- 
lows : Lieut. Benjamin^ Hewitt, Major Israel- Hewitt, 
Charles' Hewitt, Mary* Hewitt, Richard* A. Wheeler. 

Judge Wheeler was born Janaury 29, 181 7, and has 
held many positions of trust and honor. He was Judge 
of Probate for Stonington District from 1864 to 1887, 
a period of twenty-three years ; President of the Ston- 
ington Savings Bank ; Representative to the Conn. Gen- 
eral Assembly in 185 1. He is author of History of the 
First Congregational Church of Stonington, Conn., pub- 
lished in 187s, and of the History of Stonington, Conn., 
published in 1900. 

' Vide New London Probate Records, Wills, Book C, p. 122. 

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2. EDMUND* FANNING, b. 1651, {Eiimufid^) 

m. at Stoninp^ton, Conn., 13 Aug., 1678, 

Margaret Billings, 
dau. of William and Mary ( ) BiHings, 

and b. at Southertown, afterwards Stonington, Conn., in 166 x 
or 1662. 

Edmund' Fanning, the eldest son of Edmund Fanning, 
Senior, the American ancestor, was b. in Ireland about the 
year 1651, came to this country with his parents when a 
child, and resided at Groton, Conn., on the farm appor- 
tioned him by his father, to whom it had been an original 
grant in 1664. 

He d. at Groton, it is supposed, in 17x5. 

She d. at 

Bur. probably in Fanning Burial Ground, but with un- 
marked headstones. 
(See biographical part of this volume for full sketch of him.) 


9. I. William*, b. in the town of New London, Conn,, in that 
part afterwards Groton and now Ledyard, 25 or 26 
March, 1679,! bap. at Stonington by the Rev. James 
Noyes, Pastor of the First Congregational Church, x8 
Aug., 1695. No further notice of him is found. 
-J-xo. n. Edmund', b. in town of New London, Conn., probably 

X682 ; bap. at Stonington, x8 Aug., x695. 
4- 1 1, in. Jonathan', b. in town of New London, Conn., 1684, 
* (from headstone) ; bap. at Stonington, 18 Aug., 1695. 

* Vide History of the First Congregational Church of Stonington* Conn., 
p. 200. 

fThe clute of birth is learned from the Thomas Minor Diary, p. 152. 

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4. THOMAS^ PANNING, b. 1655, ' {Edtnumi^) 

m. at Stonington, Conn., 19 Oct., 1684, 
by Samuel Mason, Asst., 

Frances Ellis, 
dau. of Richard and Susannah (Chapman) Ellis, 
and b. at 

Thomas Fanning, the second son of Edmund Fanning, 
Senior, the American ancestor, was b. on Fishers Island, N. 
Y., about 1655, m. Frances Ellis, and resided at Stoning- 
ton. Conn. He was in the Narragansett War and received 
a grant of land for his services. 

He d. at Stonington 27 April, 1704. 

His w. d. at 

(For full sketch of him see Biographical part). 

Five ckildren are recorded at Stonington : 

12. I, Thomas', b. at Stonington, Conn., 27 April, 1685 ; bap. 

20 Nov., 16S7, He appears to have resided at Ston- 
ington, where his name is found on the records until 
1710. On 23 Aug. of that year he sold to Samuel 
Avery Si acres of land in Voluntown, which, as stated 
in his deed, did of right belong to him, as "heir and 
eldest son of Thomas Fanning, sometime of Stoning- 
ton, deceased." The land was a grant to his father 
for services in the Narragansett War. After that his 
name disappears from the Records and no further trace 
is found. Tradition says he went away, it was sup- 
posed to Canada. He may have been ancestor of the 
Canadian Fannings, or the Hopkinton, Mass., family. 

13. II. Frances*, b. at Stonington, Cdnn., 19 Aug., 1689 ; bap. 

12 Aug., 1694 ;♦ m. at Stonington by Nathaniel Chese- 

* Vide Hbtory of the First Congregational Church, Stonington, p. 199. 
**HAp:iced by the Kev. James Noycs: 12 August 1694 James, Frances and 
Kall'iarine — chiMren of Thonws Fanning." 

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brough, J. p., I Feb., 1726-7, Timothy Van Pelt, "for- 
merly of New York," and had s. Timodiy, b. at Ston- 
ington 5 Oct., 1728, "about 3 of ye clock in ye after- 
noon." She may have had other ch. by this or a second 
marriage, and perhaps born elsewhere. "Frances 
Fanning alias Van Pelt of Stonington 11 May, 1727, 
interested in Estate of Wm. Ramsey, late of Stoning- 
ton" — ^item found in Public Records of Conn., Vol. vil, 
p. 139. Timothy Van Pelt was a resident of Volun- 
town, Conn,, in March, 1727,* and of Lebanon, Conn., 
in May, 1731,! Aft^f which date trace of him is lost. 
14. in. Catharine',^ b. at Stonington, Conn., about 1692 ; bap. 

12 Aug., 1694. She m. probably — f Ranger, and 

was the widow Catharine Ranger who m. at Stoning- 
ton 3 April, 1751, Joseph Page. They had no iskue. 
Joseph Page, s. of John Page of Watertown, Mass., was 
b. "Febry ye last day" 1679-S0, at Watertown. He 
m. ist, widow Mary Minor 7 Mai-ch, 1712-13, who d, 
in i750.§ 

+ 15. IV. James', b. at Stonington, Conn., 30 April, 1695, so say 
the Stonington Town Records. The Stonington Church 
Records, however, give date of bap. as 12 Aug., 1694.! 

-)-i6. V. Richard', b. at Stonington, Conn., 9 June, 1698 ; bap. 
19 Sept., 1698 (probably intended for x8 Sept.). 

^ Voluntown Records, Book iv., p. 319. f Il>ldt Book i., p. 823. 

{Spelled *'Kathrean" on Stonington Town Records, **Katherine'* on 
Church Records of Stonington. She signed "Cfttharin" on Voluntown 

§ Stonington Births, Marriages and Deaths, Book i., p. 126. 

I In this instance, where town and church records disagree, it is quite 
impossible to determine the correct date. As a matter of fact the 12th of 
August, 1694, did fall on Sunday, and it is reasonable to accept that as the 
correct date of baptism. The date of birth may have been the 30th of April, 

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94 History of the Fatmhig Family 

5. JOHN- FANNING, h. 1657. (/uhnufun) 

in. in town of Hew J^omlon, Cunn., 1683 or *84» 

Margaret Culver, 
dan. of (probably) Edward and Ann ( ) Culver, 

and b. at New I^ondon, then called Peqiiot, 1655 or i658.* 

Lieutenant John Fanning, the third 'son of Edmund Fan- 
ning, Senior, the ancestor in America, was b. on Fishers 
Ibhmd, N. Y., about 1657. He m. Margaret Culver, and 
located on Fort Hill in the town of Groton, Conn. He was 
one of the English volunteers in the Narragansett War and 
received a grant of land for his services. 

He d. at Groton between the ist and xjth of Feb., 1 73S-9. 
His wid. d. at Groton just previous to i6 June, 1 740. 
Both were no doubt interred in the Fanning Lurying 

(For full sketch of Lieut. Fanning sec Biographical part.) 
Issue : 
1 7. !. M\Rv', b. in town of New London, Conn., in that part 
aftenvards Groton ; bap. at Stonington, 26 Aug., 1686 ; 
m. Samuel Fox. He resided in Preston, but removed 
to Groton in 1 741, where he purchased a farm of 80 
acres at Walnut Hill of Hubbard Burrows, and in 1744 
30 acres more of John I-amb. There he resided until 

* The parentage of Margaret Culver is not proved, as there appears to be 
no record of the birth of a daughter Margaret. Edward Culver, Senior, settled 
at Pcquut in 2653. HU youngest recorded daughter was Hannah, b. in 1651, 
but he is known to have had a son, Edward, Jr. (of Norwich), born about 
1654, and could have had a daughter, Margaret, horn 1655 to iC6o, There 
seems to be no other place for Margaret than as the daughter of Edward, Sr., 
unless it be possxlily dauglitr* of John Culver, his eldest son. But John being 
horn hi 1640 could hardly have had adaughterMargaret of marriageable age 
or old enough to be considered an adult or responsible person in 1678, at 
which time her name appears on the New London records. She was Mar- 
garet Culver, unmarried, in 167S. The inferences are that she was the 
daughter of Kdward Culver, Senior. 

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his decease in 1 758. His win dated 16 Feb., 1 74S-9» 
proved %i March, 175a, mentioiis w. Maiy, eldest s. 
Samnel, who is made executor, j ronnggs t s. John and 
dan. VImxj. His estate inventoried ^^2,936, indnding 
his homestead £um of 1 10 aaes in Groton valoed at 
+18. n. JoHM*, b. in town of New London, Com., about i68S. 
19. m. MamUiuei*, b. in town of New London, Com., aboot 
X69S ; m. ist, at Groton, Conn., aiker 1730, an Aveiy 
(pexfaaps Benjamin), and had one s., Daniel, who was 
left a legaqr in his grandfather, Lient. John Fanning*s 
will. Daniel was killed by Indians p rev ious to 1743. 

Avery d. earty in life, and Margaret m. sd, b^ne 
173S, Jedediah Ashcraft and res. near the north end 
of Fort Hill, Groton, adjoining the mmistry hnd* She 
was admitted to the Stonington Church is July, 1724. 

Jedediah Ashcraft d. at Groton in Jnne, 1773. By 
his will dated 31 Blay, 1779, proved %% June, 177a, on 
file at Stonington, he left his entire estate to his w. 
Maigaret, whom he made execotriz. Inventory ^59- 
i5-xr>^. After his death Margaret sold her fium of 
30 acres to William Stewart on the 6tfa of May, 1773, 
and d. at Groton between Nov., 1773, and M^nch, 
i774f ^d^mt issoebyherAshcnftmarriage. Herwill 
is on file at Stonington, dated 5 Nov., r773, proved 
a March, 1 774. Her estate inventoried ^34-x8-sHf 
^ and waa declared insolvent. 

M. IV. PnuDaiiCE *, b. in town of New London, Conn., about 
1694 ; m. at Groton, Conn., after 1743, Jacob Buke* 
of Groton, but had no issue. He waa s. of Nathanid 
Farke^ and at time of mar. to Rudence Fanning waa 
a widower (having previously m. 18 July, 1733, Martha 
Geer), with three children, Jacob, Timothy and Mazdia 

^ Spdkd Fwka, Ptek sad Pteln <m the fccbrdb 

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Parke. His home place of 4a acres lay near Lantern 
Hill, in what is now the town of Ledyard. He d. at 
Gcoton 15 Oct, X753* His will is on file at New 
London, dated x June, 1752, proved 13 Nov., 1752. 
The date of Prudence's death is unknown. 
SI. V. Thankful*, b. in -town of New London, Conn., about 
1696; m. xst, at Groton in 1733, John Mar^n^^f 
Groton. They had one child, Katherine, b. 1735, ^• 
xo Dec., X 741, in her seventh year, and is bur. in the 
Packer Burying Ground. Tradition says he "ran 
away'' (previous to X738), hut left "considerable pos- 

Thankful Martyn m. sd, in X745, _. Talley of 
Stonington. He d. soon afterwards, and Thankful m. 
3d, Capt. James Packer of Groton, whose &rm ad- 
joined Lieut. John Fanning's fitrro on the east. She 
was known by the fiimiliar appellation "Aunt Packer," 
and is said to have been noted for her "pride, her 
accomplishments and her understanding." Capt 
Packer was s. of John and Rebecca (Latham) Packer, 
and wash, xx Sept, x68x. His xst w. was Abigail 
— — , who d. x6 Nov., X722, in her 45th year. Capt 
Packer d. at Groton 24 April, 1765, in his 84th year, 
and is bur. beside his xst w. in the Packer Burying 
Ground. Thankful Packer d. at Groton in X780, and 
Thomas Fanning was appointed admiiustrator of the 
estate 5th of Sept that year. The personal estate in- 
ventoried, 3 Oct, X780, at ;f44-2-xx.t 
+22. VL WxxxiAM*,b.intownof New London, Coim.,aboutx7oo.{ 

* He nay have been the John Martin of ''Ozbridge in Whotter CounKy 
Manachuiettt Bay," who on 31 Dec^ 1755, toM ao acres of Und in Stoning- 
ton, formerly bit ** father*! George Martin deceased.*' 

t Stonington Records, Book in., pp. 258, 274. 

\ Vide footnote under article im tliia William in tbinf Keneratlon. 

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xo. EDMUND" FANNING, b. 1682, (Eibnuttd\ Ed- 

m. ist, at Preston, Conn., about i7io,*^ 

Hannah Parke, 
eldest dau. of William and Hannah (Friiik) Parke, 
and b. at Preston 10 Sept., 1685. Siic was sister of 
Deborah Parke who m. John* Fanning (John^, Edmund*) .f 
Hannah (Parke) Fanning d. at Groton between 1 732 and 


He m. 2d at Stonington, Conn., 11 Jane, 1735, 

Hopestill Elliot Coates, 
dau. of Henry and Deborah (York) Elliot, and wid. of 
Joseph Coates, whom she m. 7 Nov^ '723- Hopestill 
Elliot was b. at Stonington 18 Aug., 1684. 

Edmund Fanning, of the third generation, s. of Ed- 
mund and Margaret (Billings) Fanning, and grand-s. of 
Edmund Fanning, Senior, was b. in 1682 in the town of 
New London, Conn., on the Fanning Fann that was an 
original grant to his grandfather in 1664, where he resided 
during his lifetime. He m. first, Hannah Purke and sec- 
ondly, Widow Hopestill Coates. 

He d. at Groton, Conn., in March, 1768. 

She d. at Groton, Conn., in June, 1772. 

Both were probably interred in the Fanning Burying 
Ground, but their headstones are unmarked. His will 
mentions seven children, all by w. Hannah, two only of 
whom, William and Edmund, are on the Groton records. 

(For full sketch see Biographical part.) 

♦ Rev. Salmon Treat of the First Church, Preston, reooided no marriages 
during his ministry of forty-four years, 169S to 1 742. 
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Issue : 
23. I. Zkrviah*, b. at Groloii, Conn., in 1711; m. ist, 28 
Oct., X72S, by Rev. Kbcnczer Russell, Pastor of llic 
Second Church of Christ at Stonington, John Wheeler 
of Stonington, s. of Richard and Prudence (Payson) 
Wheeler, and b. 31 Jan., 1706. They had dan. Martha, 
b. 31 Dec, 1728, who m. ist, 13 Jan., 1747-S, Capt. 
John Denison 2d, and had dau. Zer\'iah Denison, b. 7 
Oct., 1749 and d. 5 April, 1751. Martha m. 2d, 
Stephen killings. 

John Wheeler d. in June, 176c. His will is on file 
at New London, dated 7 April, 1760, and proved 31 
Aug., 1761. His homestead farm of 290 acres was 
inventoried at ^^2,6 10. He left a large estate. 

Zerviah m. 2d, Nathan Niles, but had no issue'. He 
d. at Groton 5 July, 1778, a. 78, and is bur. in the 
Niles Burying Ground there. His will is on file at 
Stonington, dated 5 ^lay, 1778, probated 11 July, 
1778, and mentions among legatees his w. Zerviah, to 
whom he bequeathed the "full performance of an ante- 
nuptial agreement of jointure." His estate inventoried 

Robert Niles of Norwich, s. of Nathan by his ist 
wife, was a captain, and commander of the "Spy" in 
the Revolutionary War, and was bearer of the treaty 
to France. 

Zerviah (Fanning) Niles d. at Groton 26 July, 1791, 
in her 8 ist year, and is bur. in the Fanning Burying 
Ground. Her headstone still stands. 
+ 24. II. William*, b. r.t Groton, Conn., 23 Dec, 17 15. 
25. III. Freelove*, b. at Groton, Conn., , m. at 

Stonington, Conn., Parker Adams. He probably d. 
previous to 1772, as Freelove signs receipt alone on 
Probate Records at Stonington 16 May of that year. 

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26. IV. Fkar*, I), at Croton, Conn., , in. al Ooton 

before 1772 Benjamin Stanlon, s. of John and Ann 
(Huchison) Stanton, and b. at Groton 30 Aug., 1711. 
They had dau. Martha Stanton, who ni. 29 Dec, 1789, 
Jonathan Wheeler, b, 19 Aug., 1760. 

27. V. Abigail*, b. at Groton, Conn., , m 14 Feb., 

1 740, Daniel Harris, Jr., of Goshen, Conn., and had 
Daniel, Hannah, Hopestill and Abip^ail Harris, all men* 
tioncd in their grandfather Edmund Fanning's will. 
Hannah Harris ni. Israel Mead, and resided at 
Nine Partners, Duchess Co., N. Y. 

Hopestill Harris m. James Smith, and resided at 
Oblong, Duchess Co., N. Y. 

Abigail Harris, m. James Hadlock, and lived at 
Lebanon, Conn. 
2S. VI. Edmund*, b. at Groton, Conn., i Sept., 1730. No fur- 
ther record of him is found. We know there was an 
Edmund as above, s. of " Edmund and Hannah," as 
his birth is recorded on the Groton Records. He was 
not mentioned in his father's will made in 1762. Had 
he died previously leaving children it is singular that 
they were not mentioned in the will as well as his 
brother William's two children, William and James. 
Perhaps he died young or removed. 
29. vn. Deborah*, b. at Groton, Conn., » '732 ; m. at 

Groton 28 March, x 746, John Haley of Stonington.* 
They resided in Stonington. 

*The History of Stonington, Conn., p. 408, erroneously states that John 
I^Ialey in. Deborah, dau. of William and E^ither Fanning, 2S March, 1745. 
Deborah Fanning, who m. John Haley, was not dau. of William and Esther. 
• She was dau. of Edmund Fanning of the third generation, which fact is 
proved by the Probate Records at Stonington, Book li., p. 23, where Deborah 
and John Haley's names appear signed to a receipt given by them to William 
Fanning, executor of Edmund Fanning's will, for their share of her father 
Edmund's estate which Deborah was heir to. 

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He d. there i6 Oct., 1800, in his 8ist year (g. s.). 
She d. there 17 Sept., 1802, in her 70th year (g.s.). 
Both bur. in the " Road Meeting House" Cemeter}'. 

Issue ^ all recorded at Stonington : 

I. Joshua Haley, b. 30 June, 1746. 

II. Adicail Haley, b. 3 Oct., 174S; m. 10 May, 

1770, William Miner, 
in. Mary Haley, b. 5 Sept., 1 75 1 ; m. 1 1 Feb., 
1773, Thomas Leeds. 

IV. Zerviah Haley, b. 26 Nov., 1753 ; ni. 6 April, 

1777, Daniel Smith. 

V. Hannah Haley, b. 15 April, 1756 ; m. 14 Feb., 

1779, Manassah Miner and had Amos, Isaac, 
Manassah, Ephraim and Lydia Miner. 
VI. Martha Haley, b. 3 June, 1758 ; m , 

John West. SI e d. in 179S. 
vii. Pheee Haley, b. 12 Nov., 1760. 
vin. Edmund Haley, b. 4 April, 1763 ; m. 15 Sept., 
1 794, Sarah Miner and had Amos Miner Haley, 
Edmund Haley and Jabez Haley. 

IX. John Halky, b. 4 April, 1763 (one of twins) ; 

m. in Oct., 1792, Priscilla DaboU and had 
John, Joshua and Elihu Haley. 

X. Lucy Haley, b. 15 April, 1765; m. 22 Jan., 

1784, Nathaniel Burdick. 
XL Belcher Haley, b. 20 Feb., 1767. 
XII. Deborah ?Ialey, b. 20 March, 1771 ; m. 

, Elihu Hancock, 
xm. Content Haley, b. 8 Aug., 1773 ; m. 

> ^4ti4/ Burdick. 
John Haley, Senior's will dated 20 June, 1798, and 
proved 3 Nov., 1800, is on record at Stonington. Total 
inventory §1,285.03, which included 80 acres of land 
with buildings thereon amounting to ?i,i20. 

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XI. JONATHAN" FANNING, b. 1684, (Edmund', Ed- 

m. at New London, Conn., 17 May, 1714, 

Elizabeth Way, 
dau. of Thomas and Ann (Lester) Way, 
and b. at New London, Conn., 20 April, 1695. 

Jonathan Fanning, the third son of Edmund and 
Margaret (Billings) Fanning, and grandson of Edmund 
Fanning, Senior, was b. in the town of New London, 
Conn., in that part afterwards called Groton and now 
Ledyard, in 1684. He was a farmer and resided on the 
homestead place inherited from his father, and which 
was part of the original Groton farm of Edmund Fanning, 

He d. at Groton, Conn., 28 April, 1761, in 78th year.. 

She d. at Groton, Conn., 24 July, 1772, in 78th year, 

Both bur. in the Fanning Burying Ground. 

(See Biographical part for full sketch of Jonathan.) 

Issue stiicn children:^ 
30. I. ELIZAn^n•H^ b. at Groton, Conn., 23 April, 1716 ; m. at 

Groton, Holdridge, and held dau. Dorothy. 

+31. 11. Jonathan*, b. at Groton, Conn., 28 Oct., 171 7. 
32. III. Margaret*, b. at Groton, Conn., 23 Nov., 1724; bap. 
9 Oct., 1725 ; m. at Groton in 1741 Peter Mason, s. 
of Capt. Peter and Mary (Hobart) Mason, and great- 
grandson of Maj. John Mason, who commanded the 
Colonial troops in the Pequot War in 1637. Peter 
Mason was b. in New London 28 Dec, 1717, and re- 
sided in Groton, where he died about 1765. 
Margaret d. in Castleton, Vt., 19 Oct., 1803. 
They had five children all b. at Groton, Conn. : 

♦ Two are recorrletl at New London, five at Groton. 

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I. AniuAiL Mason, h. 5 Aug., 1742; m. Rufus. 

Branch of Castlcton, Vt. 
II. Rufus Masox, b. in July, 1 745 ; m. and had two 

sons; was drowned 16 Dec, 1778. 
in. RouKRT NrASON, b. in 1 74S. 

IV. Peter Masox, b. i Aug., 1752. 

V. JOHM Mason, b. ii Nov., i 764. 

+33. IV. David*, b. at Groton, Conn., 2 March, 1727; bap. 7 
May, 1727. 
34. V. Anna*, b. at Groton, Conn., i July, 1729 ; m. at Groton 
16 Sept., 1755, Aaron Clark of Stonington. Issue : 
I. Phebe Clark, b. 19 Dec, 1737. 
II. Moses Ci^^rk, b. 24 April, 1760., 

III. Wav Clark, b. 23 July, 1762. 

IV. Aarox Clark, b. 16 Aug., 1764. 

V. AxxE Clark, b. 16 Aug., 1764; d. 28 Jan., 

1784, in her 20th year, and was bur. in the 
Wightman Burying Ground, Groton (g. s.). 
Aaron Clark, Senior, d. 22 Nov., 17S2, in his 
57th year, and is bur. in the Wightman Burying 
Ground, Groton (g. s.). 
33 . VI. Mary*, b. at Groton, Conn., 5 June, x 73 1 ; ni. at Groton 
5 Dec, 1750, (Groton Records erroneously say, "5 
Dec, 1 720") Humphrey Brown of Groton, s. of Hum- 
phrey and Tabitha (Holdridge) Brown of Stonington, 
b. 13 Aug., 1725. Issue : 

I. Elizabeth Brown, b. at Stonington, Conn., in 

1751 ; m. ist, David Parker; m. 2d, in 1781 

Capt. Jedediah Hyde, s. of Rev. Jedediah and 

Jerusha (Perkins) Hyde, and b. at Norwich, 

Conn., 24 Aug., 1738. He d. at Hyde Park, 

Vt., 29 May, 1822 ; she d. 28 Nov., 1825. 

36. VII. H.\XNAH*, b. at Groton, Conn., 20 Sept., 1736; bap. 

20 March, 1737. She was living and unmarried in 

Aug., i 75 7, the date of her father's will. 

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JAMES' FANNING, bap. 1694, {noimts\ EJmumn) 
III. I si, al Siiiithtowii, 1^ I. in 17 18, 

Hannah Smith, 
dun. of Richard and Hannah (Tookcr) Smith, 
and b. at Smithtown, L. I. in ^ 703. 

She d. on her passage home from England 10 Sept., 
1750, in her 4Sth year, and is bur. at Rivcrhead, L. I. 
(g. s.) Her remains were removed from their original 
resting place on the Fanning farm to the Riverhead Cem- 
etery in 1 86 1. 

He m. 2d, at Stonington, Conn., 25 Feb., 1752, 

Thankful Hinckley Chesebrough, 
dau. of Samuel and Martha (Lathrop) Hinckley, 
and b. at Stonington, Conn., on Hinckley Hill, 22 March, 
1712. Thankful m. ist, at Stonington, Jedediah Thomp- 
son, b. i-o July, 1704, s. of William and Bridget (Chese- 
brough) Thompson. Thankful m. 2d, at Stonington, i 
Jan., 1738-9, Joseph Chesebrough, bap. 12 April, 1703, 
s. of Samuel and Mary (Ingraham) Chesebrough, and 
had six children by her Chesebrough marriage. 

Capt. James Fanning, s. of Thomas and Frances (Ellis) 
Fanning, and grandson of Edmund Fanning, Senior, was 
bap. at Stonington, Conn., 12 Aug., 1694; removed to 
and sctded on Long Island in early life, and became the 
progenitor of all the Long Island Fannings, who are 
numerous. He m. ist, Hannah Smith and 2d, Widow 
Thankful Chesebrough, took an active part in the French 
and Indian War in 1 746, and d. in the town of Southold, 
Suffolk Co., N. Y., (in that part which was in 1792 set 
off to form the new town of Riverhead) in June, 1779, 
a. 84 years.* The "Salmon Record" states that he d. 

♦Vide " Ondcrdonk's Revolutionary Incidents of Suffolk and Kings Coun* 
ties," p. 89, par. 707, wbcrein Gilbert Fanning, Jr., makes statement in re- 
gard to his grandfather, Captain James Fanning's death. 

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IS April, 1779. ^^s tombstone is known as the "River- 
head Tombstone," and erroneously gives the date of his 
death as " 1776" and "in his 93* year," 

(See Biographical part of this volume for full sketch 
of Capt. James Fanning.) 

Issue : 
+37, I. James*, b. at Smithtown, Suffolk Co., N. Y., 22 March, 

+38. II. Thomas*, b. at Smithtown, Suffolk Co., N. Y., 16 Nov., 

+39. HI. Phineas*, b. at Smithtown, Suffolk Co., N. Y., 2 Aug., 

+40. IV. William*, b. at Smithtown, Suffolk Co., N. Y., 26 Oct., 


41. V. Katharine*, b. at Smithtown, Suffolk Co., N. Y., 26 

Oct., 1728, "died 24 Dec. 1744 in her 17th" 
(g. s.), and is bur. in the family lot at Rivcrhciul 
Cemeter>% beside her parents. 

42. VI. Bkthia*, b. at , Suffolk Co., N. Y., about 

1 730 ; m. Terry, and had dau. Frances Terr)', 

whom Capt. James Fanning mentions in his will. 

Bethia d. probably before 29 Aug., 1775, the date 
of her father's will, as she is not mentioned therein. 

43. vir. Richard*, b. at , Suffolk Co., N. Y., in x 73 1 ; 

d. "18 March 1734 in y« 3* year of his age" (g. s.), 

and is bur. in Riverhead Cemetery. 
+44. VIII. Gilbert*, b. at , Suffolk Co., N. Y., in 1733. 

+45. IX. R1CH.VRD*, b. in town of Southold, Suffolk Co., N. Y., 

about 1737. 

♦ William's date of birth is from records of the Wickham family in Vir- 
ginia. The birth of Katliarine (No. 41.) is nowhere recorded, but her grave- 
stone proves her to h.ive been born in the^'^*/r 1728. If these records are 
correct, and they arc undisputed authority, it would appear that William and 
Katharine were twins, b. 26 Oct., 172S. 

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+46. X. Edmund\ b. in town of Soothold, Sufiblk Co., N. Y^ 
«4 April, 1739* 
47. XL Hannah^, b. in town of Soathold, Suffolk Co., N. Y., 
34 April, X 739 ;* m. in town of Southokl, 3 x Aug., x 769, 
John Wickham, b. ao Apiil, X734, s. of Joseph and 
Abigail (Parker) Wickham of Long Island, he s. of 
Joseph and Sarah (Satterley) Wickham of Long Island, 
he s. of Thomas Wickham of Wethersfield, Coim., the 

John Wickham resided at Cotchogae, L. L, where he 
d. 7 Aug., 1808, "in his 74th year*' (g. s.). Hannah 
d. at Cutchogue, 6 Nov., 1778, **in her 40th year"' 
(g. s.) Both bur. at Mattitnck, Southold town, L. I. 
I. John Wickhah , b. at Cutchogue, L. I., 6 June, 
X763; m. xst, Mary Smith Fanning, dau. of 
Rev. William (No. 40) and Mary (Tazewell) 
fanning of Greensville Co., Va. He m. sd, 
Elizabeth Selden McClurg of Richmond, Va. 
n. Abiqail Wickham, b. at Cutchogue, L. I. 
m. Nancy Wickham, b. at Cutchogue, L. I., 8 July, 
X 768 ; m. at Cutchogue, X3 March, x 788, Sam- 
uel Davkls. He was a passenger on the sloop 
'' Rosiette," wrecked on the Sound off Smith- 
town, L. L, in the Christmas storm of x 8 x x . His 
body was found on the shore and bur. there. 
IV. James Wickham, b. at Cutchogue, L. I. 
v. WnxiAM Wickham, b. at Cutchogue, L. I. 
VI. Henry Wickham, b. at Cutchogue, L. I. ; 

^ Norfolk, Va., unm. 
(See Wickham Family in Biographical part.) 

* By the tame line of reasoning at in note, p. 104, Edmund (No. 46) and 
Hannah (No. 47) alto appear to have been twint. We have Edmnnd'i fabtli* 
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48. xiL Sally*, b. in town of Soathold, Suffolk Co., L. L, 14 
Aug., 1743; m. 4 Maj, 1775, CmpL Jouh Lopton^ 
of Wadfaig Rhrer, L. I., b. at Bridgehampton, L. L, 31 - 
Oct» i7a9. Thejr res. at Wading River, L. I. 

He was appointed bj Gov. Tkyon, t6 Feb., X773ti 
Capt of die 6th Companj in the 3d Battalion ui CoL, 
\ Piatt ConkUn's Regiment of Suffolk Co. Militia, and 
A^ served as sach. He took active interest in k>cal af-, 
' ;N,fiuis and served in many positions of tmst and honor. : 
* V V He was descended firom Christopher Lnpton who 
dune to this coontrj from En^and and settled at; 
Southampton, L. I., as earijr as 1654* dpt. JosiahV 
descendants are the onlj ones of the fiunily of that, 
name left on Long Isbnd. 

Capt Josiah d. at Wading River, L. I., 19 April,^ 
ites^ a. 73 years, 5 months, s8 days (g. s.). 

Ssah d. at Wading River, L. L, 19 May, 1814, in 
her 71st year (g. s. says ••7s* year**). 

Both were originally interred on the Lopton fiurm, 
bat were rem o v ed a few years since to the Wading 
' River Cemetery. 

I. SuuH Ldftoh, b. at Wading River, L. I., s6 
Aug., 1776 ; d. onm., r4 Sept., 1853, and is bur. 
at Mattitnck, L. L 
n. Jom Ldftoh, b. at Wading River, L. L, i Jniy ; 
1778; m. there rjann 1805, Sibyl Bryant Davis, 
dan. of Jonas and TaUtha (Norton) Davis of 
Staoy Brooky L. I., and b. 24 Dec, 1783. He 
was lieat of Oqpt Befif. Horton's Company, 
SofilkCo. Resided at Wading River nntfl 1808,' 
and afterwards at Buttermilk Falls, ComwaDt 

71a L«pC«idate«elHaiihad fay BdwwdLapCott White orBiool47a»N.Y. 

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New York and BrooUyn. He wis drowned 5 
Julj, 1853, in leaving iteamboet ^KSuistopher,*' 
on her trial trip— a boat boOt bjr his ton Ed* 
ward. Buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Brook- 
lyn. His w. d. r6 Sept, i8ad, in New York. 
L HnuM LuPiON, b. at Wading River, L.Ly ay 
Oct» r8o5. Killed by kick of a horae 13 
July, 1830, a. a4 year% 8 monthsy 17 days 
(g. s.), and is bar. at Wading River Ceme- 
tery, L. I. He was nmn. 
n. Amn Lupion, b. at Wading River, L. L, 18 
Aug., 1807 ; m. at New York in Sept., 18S9, 
David Sturgis Smith of Westport, Conn. 
She d. at Brooklyn, 11 Oct., 1881 and bur. 
in Greenwood Cemetery. Had Hbam L., 
John L. and Angeline E. Smith, 
m. James Lutton, b. at New Yoik City, 19 Mar., 
1810; d. 31 Aug., i8ii. 

IV. JosiAH LDFroN , b. at New Yoik City, 9 Mar., 

i8t3 ; m. there in 1839, Antoinette, dau. 
of John Davenport of New Yoik. He was 
a shipbuOder and d. March, 185 1. Had 
Susan S., John D., Josiah H. and George 
S. Lnpton. 

V. UaANU LuPTOif, b. at BottennOk Fails, N. Y., 

29 March, 1 8r4 ; m. at New York, 33 April, 
1837, Daniel DuBois Wfnant of New York. 
He d. i88r ; she d. 18 Sept, 1898. Had 
Fannie, Melissa, Danid, George and Web- 
ster Winant. 

VI. JiAMiTTB Ldpton, b. at Buttermilk Falls, N. 

Y., IX Jan., i8r6 ; m. at New York, si Apr., 
1835, Edmund A. Pftvie, of French and 

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Spanish parents, a refiigee from Hayti, b. 
x8io ; d. 1863 ^^'^ bur. at New Berne, N. 
C. She (L at Peekskill, N. Y., 37 Jan., 1895, 
bur. at Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn. 
Had Edward M., Charles Augustus, Emma 
Josephine, Henry Albert, Nettie L., Ger- 
trude G. and George W. Pkvie. 
vn. Angbldtb Lupton , b. at ButcermOk Falls, 
N. Y., 9 March, x8i8 ; m. xst, at New York 
City, 6 May, 1839, William Henry James; 
ch. Annie, William H.and Adelaide J. James ; 
m. 2d, at Brooklyn, ix Sept, 185 x, Ralph 
Ward ; ch. Mary, Ralph and Frank Ward, 
vm. Mary Jane Lufton, b. at Cornwall, N. Y., 
13 May, 1820; m. at New York City, 35 
Feb., 1840, Amd S. White, s. Rev. Nicholas 
White and b. at Georgia, Vt., 30 Jan., 1809. 
Both d. at Brooklyn^ she x Dec, 1875, ^^ 
35 Feb., x886 and are l^ur. at Cypress Hills 
Cemetery. He was a desc. in 8th gen. of 
Nicholas White of Dorchester, Mass., 1 643, 
who m. Susannah Humphrey, and was a pro* 
prietor of Taunton, North Purchase, 1668. 

Mary J. Lupton and Amsi S. White had 
7 ch. : Amsi Olln, Mary Juliette, Edward 
Lupton, Willard Vernon, Arthur Peregrine, 
Louisa Wade and Eva Fanning White. 

Edward Lupton White was b. 35 July, 
X849, ^ ^ ^^^ manufacturer of Brooklyn, 
and ra. xst, 3 June, x88o, Lavinia Isett Gif- 
ford, who d. X3 March, X897, and 3d, Mrs. 
L. Josephine Britton Smidi, who d. xs 
March, 1903 ; x child, Josephine Britton 
White, b. 3 March, X903. 

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IX. Edward Lupton, b. at New York, 25 Sept., 
1822. Shipbuilder, engineer and draughts- 
man, and res. at New York^ Brooklyn and 
Venezuela, S. A. ; m« in 1848, Theodosia 
Casler. He d. at Trinidad, Venezuela, S. A., 
8 July, 1878, and bur. there. He built sev- 
eral gunboats during the Civil War, among 
them the '* Lenipe," and also the sound boat 
'' Long Island," and many other steamboats. 
Also designed several of the first of the large 
Fall River boats. Issue : Mary S., Edward 
F. and Sarah Lupton. 
m. JosiAH LuPTO>f, b. at Wading River, L. I., 7 Aug., 

1780; m. 23 Nov., 1809, Phebe Skidmore, b. 

10 May, 1790. She d. at Mattituck, L. L, 23 
* May, 1832. Ke d. at MatUtuck, 15 Nov., 1853. 

Both bur. there. 

I. Harriet Luptok, b. at Wading River, L. I., 
17 Oct., 181 1 ; m. there 28 Feb., 1874, 
Stephen V. Davis, and d. 23 or 26 Feb., 
1892, No issue, 
n. Ann Lupton, b. 19 July, 1813 ; m. William 
F. Lane, and res. at Mattituck, L. I. She d. 
23 Sept., 1885. Had dau. Grace, m. Charles 
W. Avery, and now living at Patchogue, L. I. 

III. James Lupton, b. at Rocky Point, L. I., 23 

Nov., 1814 ; m. Fannie T. Mosher. She d. 
at Mattituck 15 June, 1879. ^^ Vci^ at 
Greenport, L. I. Issue Henry H. 

IV. Ila Lupton, b. ii April, 1816 ; m. J. Frank 

Horton, and res. at Mattituck. She d. 17 
April, 1891. No issue. 

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V. Arr.KNi-riTK T.urroN, b. 15 Sept., iSi 7 ; m. t i 
I'cb., 1874, Allen Cox al llrooklyn, N. Y. ; 
d. 13 or iS June, 1893 ; bur. at Mattituck, 
L. I. No issue. 
VI. Mary Lupton, b. at Rocky Point, L. I., 9 
Sept., 1820; m. Capt. Thomas F. Sayre. 
She d. 25 July, i90i. Had 9 ch. 
VII. Edmond Fanning LunoN, b. 14 Oct., 1823 ; 
m. I Jan., 1851, Hannah Maria Moore, and 
d. 17 May, 1S61. Had Frank Moore Lup- 
ton, a publisher in New York City ; John 
Mather Lupton and Harry Baldwin Lupton. 
vin. EuzA McBride Luppon, b. 2 Sept., 1826; 
in. John G. Mather, and res. at Mattituck, 
L. I. No issue. 
IV. James LixrroN, b. at \Vading River, L. I., 20 or 25 
Oct., 1782 ; d. unm.LtNew Orleans, La., 13 July, 
1808, a. 25 years, 8 months, 18 days (g. s.) ; 
bur. at Wading River, L. I. 
v. AcHSAH Lupton, b. at Wading River, L. L, in 
March, 1 786 ; m. James Randall from south side 
of L. L, and had 2 sons. 
Issue by Second IVt/e, 77iankftii: 
49. XIII. Katharine*, b. at Stonington, Conn., 

bap. at Stonington, i April, 1753;* m. about 1774, 
David Mulford, s. Capt. David and Phebe (Glover) 
Mulford, of Staatsburg, Dutchess Co., N. Y., and b. 8 
April, 1747. 

They res. at Wallkill, Ulster Co., N. Y., where he d. 
in 1826. Said to have lived also at Goshen, Orange 
Co., N. Y. 

• Stonington Church baptisms say " Katharine dau. of Capt. James and 
yoanna Fanning baptized by Mr. Fish, I April 1753," probably mn error in 
recording the wife's name. 

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16. RICHARD»FANNINGJ).i698, {Thomas', Edmuml^^ 

m. at Stoniiigton, Conn., f8 Jan., 1724-5, 

by James Miner, j. p., 

Hannah Kegwin, 
eldest dau. of John and Hannah (Drown) Kegwin, 
and b. at Stonington, 15 Septl, 1701. 

Richard Fanning, the youngest son of Thomas and 
Frances (Ellis) Fanning, and grandson of Edmund Plan- 
ning, Senior, the ancestor in America, was b. at Stoning- 
ton, Conn., 9 June, 1698; was a farmer and resided at 
Stonington, Voluntown, Lebanon and Plainfield, Conn. 
Both d. and were bur. at Plainfield, dates unknown. 
+50. I. THOMAS^ b. at Stonington, Conn., in 1724-5. 

51. II. Nathan\ b. at Stonington, Conn., about 1726. No fur- 

ther record of him. Family papers state he m. and re- 
moved to North Carolina. A Nathan Fanning m. Es- 
ther Harding at Trinity Church, Newport, R. I., 14 
Sept., 1 760, but there is no proof that he was the above. 

52. III. Mary*, b. at Lebanon, Conn., 8 Nov. or 6 Dec, 1729 ; 

m. at Stonington, 8 April, 1751, VVilliani Glover, prob- 
ably b. at Southold, L. I., about 171X. Said to have 
lived at Plainficld, Conn., for a time, and thence re- 
moved to Norwich, where he d. 27 June, 178S, a. 77. 

I. Nathan Glover, b. ; m. at Plain- 

field, and setded there. 

II. Anne Glover, b. in 1755; m. 29 April, 1777, 

Capt. Erastus Perkins and settled at Norwich ; 
ch. : Erastus, Gurdon, Lucy, Jabez, Asher, Maria, 
James, William, Leonard and Francis. 

Anne Perkins d. 20 Feb., i So 7, a. 52 years. 

Erastus Perkins d. 18 Oct., 1853, a. 101 years, 

10 months. 

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III. William Glover, b. 

IV. Peleg Glover, b. ; d. in West 
Indiana in 1798. 

V. Mary Glover, b. ; m. Nathaniel 
Prentice Peabody and settled at Nonvich, Conn. 

VI. Phebe Glover, b. ; ni. John Brown 

and settled in Preston, Conn., and had family. 

vii. James Glover, b. in 1 768 ; m. Alphena, dau. of 

Gen. Benjamin Hovey of Oxford, Chenango 

Co., N. Y., and lived there some years. 

53. IV. Context**, b. at Lebanon, Conn.; m. at Norwich, 21 

Sept., 1760, Joshua Norman, and res. at Norwich, 
where they had 7 ch. as follows : 

I. Catharine Norman, b. 10 July, 1761 ; m. ist, 
Asa Peabody; 2d, Rev. Walter King, 21 Dec, 
1 803, and res. in Norwich. Removed to Williams- 
town, where he d: suddenly in Nov., 1815. No 
n. Joshua Norman, b. 5 Jan., 1764 ; d. young, 
in. Ellinor Norman, b. 20 March, 1766 ; d. young. 

IV. Lucy Norman, b. 31 June, 176S ; m. 22 June, 
1797, Henry Gordon, and settled at Norwich ; 
had Joshua and Henry William Gordon. 

V. Mary Norman, b. 27 Aug., 1770; m. Hosea 
Bcebc of Chatham, N. Y., and d. 23 Aug., 1832. 

VI. Hannah Norman, b. 5 Sept., 1 772 ; d.unm. 1812. 
vn. Joseph Norman, b. 29 March, 1774. 

54. V. Gatliff*, b. at Lebanon, Conn. ; d. young. 

-f-55. VI. Richard*, bap. at Stonington, Conn., 21 Sept., 1735. 
'Tl(^' VII. James*, b. at Stonington, Conn., about 1737. 
5 7. VIII. (dau.)*, b. at Stonington, Conn., about 1 739 ; d. young. 
58. IX. Catharine*, b. at Stonington, Conn., about 1741 ; m. 
Samuel Roath and setdcd at Preston, Conn. ; d. 1806, 
leaving James who d. at sea, Abiel who m. at Preston, 
Samuel who m. at Preston, Nathan and Catharine. 

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18. JOHN* FANNING, b. 1688. ij^hn\ Edmund^) 

tn. at Groton, Conn., about 1716, 

Deborah Parke, 
dau. of William and Hannah (Frink) Parke, 
and b. at Preston, Conn., 5 Aug.," 1696. 

llie Parke Family was a prominent one in Connecticut. 
They des. from Robert Parke, who m. in Edmondsbury, 
England, Martha Chaplin, and came to America in 1630, 
in the ship "Arbella" with Gov. John Winthrop. Dea. 
Thomas Parke of Preston, Conn., s. of Robert, m. in 
Weathersfield, Dorothy Thompson. He was one of the 
incorporators of Preston in 1686, named after the town 
in England that the family emigrated from. His s. Wil- 
liam m. at Preston 3 Dec, 1684, Hannah Frink, and had 
dau. Deborah Parke who m. John Fanning. Deborah's 
eldest sister, Hannah, m. Edmund Fanning (No. 10). 

John* Fanning, Junior, s. of Lieut. John Fanning, and 
grand-s. of Edmund Fanning, Senior, was b. in the town 
of New London, Conn., about 1688, in that part set off in 
X 70s to form the new town of Groton, where he res. during 
his lifetime. He d. intestate at Groton in Dec, 1718. 

The widow Deborah m. 2d, 14 May, 1722, Benajah 
Williams, s. of Capt. John and Martha (Wheeler) Wil- 
Hams, and b. 28 Aug., 1 700, and had Joseph, b. $ Dec, 
1725; Jabez, b. 2 July, 1727; Prudence, b. 20 Feb., 
1729-30; Desire, b. 16 Feb., 1732-3; and Benajah, b. 
3 Sept., 173s, all recorded at Stonington. Benajah Wil- 
liams and w. Deborah were res. at Crum Elbow, Dutchess 
Co., N. Y., in 1751 ; dates of their deaths unknown. 
(For sketch of John Fanning, Jr., see Biographical part.) 
Issue of John and Deborah {Parhe) Fanning: 
+59. 1. John*, b. at Groton, Conn., , 17 17 or 1718. 

+60. II. Thomas*, b. at Groton, Conn., , 1719. 


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22. WILLIAM" FANNING, b. nhoul 1700. (>////«, /T/A 

tu. at about 1720, 

Esther? , 

(hiu. of 
and b. at 

William Fanning, s. of Lieut. John and Margaret (Cul- 
ver) Fannin;;,* and graud-s. of Edmund Fanning, Senior, 
the ancestor in America, was b. about the year 1 700, in 
the town of New London, Conn., in that part which was 
in 1 705 set off to form the new town of Groton. 

He was a yeoman or farmer, and res. at Groton, and 
afterward at Stonington, Conn., on the records of which 
towns his name appears. On the 7ih of July, 1721, he, 

♦This William (N'o. 22), wife Esther, is entered here conditionally as the 
William who was ihc son of Lieut. John FLnning simply because there ap- 
pears to be no other place for him. 

He could not have been William, No. 6, b. 1659, as it is proved the latter 
died before Jan., 17x8-19; nor is it probable he was William, No. 9, b. 1679, 
as he would have been over one hundred years old at the time of his death 
in X779i a possibility but not a probability in this case. Nor was he William 
No. 24, for the latter was born in 17 151 too late to have children of marriage- 
able age in 1 742* and besides this William No. 24 is fully accounted for else* 
where by the Groton Records. Possibly William No. 22 may have been a 
natural son of William Fanning (No. 6 or 9) and Anna Billings, and bom 
about 1704, (vide New London Records, Book VI., p. 68), but commonly 
such children took the surname of the mother and not the father. 

If William No. 22 was son of Lieut. John Fanning it is singular that he 
was not mctitioticd in the Lieutenant's will dated I Feb., 1738-9, it being 
understood that a will would not stand against the claims of a child thus 
ignored. Family records aUosay William, son of Lieut. John Fanning, died a 
bachelor, and left his estate to his nephew, John Fanning (No. 59). 

There is a '* William Fanning, son of John and Rebecca Fanning, b. 28 
Feb., 169S" recorded on the Bristol, R. L, Records of Births, Book vi., p. 
76, who does not appear to be connected with the Conn, family of that name. 
It is posiibie he may h.ive removed to Stonington and had wife Esther as 

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llu'ii orCrott)n, traDsrcmHl all his inUTcsl in the firsl niul 
sccoiul (livLsiuiis of the 'IWa Coiiiiiiuiis in Crulun lo Dr. 
Aaron Fish.* This is almost the only record of him that 
is found at Groton. lie is probably the William Fanning 
whose name appears on the New London County Court 
Records in 1733-4 in a suit at law with Jno. I^dyard. 
In 1753 lie was of Stonington, and purchased that year a 
farm of 80 acres of Ucnajah Pendleton and John Stevens 
in the North Society of Stonington, in a locality now called 
Ashwillet, and situated west of Billings Lake. This pur- 
chase included the privilege of erecting a saw mill and 
dam, on the adjoining land of Thomas Main, J r.^ which he 
afterwards built, and traces of which still remain. The 
greater part of this farm, together with his saw mill, he 
sold to Peter Main and Thomas Main, Jr., in 1754 and 
1757.1 The remaining 10 acres he probably resided on 
until the year 1762 when he disposed of it, with his 
dwelling-house thereon, to his son-in-law, Christopher 
Billings.^ He died at Stonington in March or April, 
1 779. On the 4th of May of that year Gershom Brown 
and Benjamin Billings were appointed by the Probate 
Court at Stonington administrators on William Fanning's 
estate " late of Stonington, deceased," and letters were 
granted and bonds taken according to law.§ Among the 
original papers at Stonington is the administrators' bond 
signed by Gershom Brown of Groton, and Benjamin and 
Sanford Billings of Stonington, and witnessed by Caleb 
Hakes and Elnathan Rossiter. Inventory ;^382-5-io, 
taken 18 May, 1779, by appraisers Henry Hewitt and 

* Groton Deeds, Book l., p. 741* 

t Stonington Deeds, Book vi., p. 349 and Book vii., p. 125. 

X Ibttl., Book VH., p. 371. 

§ Stonington Probate Records, Book III., p. 200. 

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Abel Spicer, and the property consisted of household 
furniture, chattels, etc., but no real estate.* 

The date of Esther Fanning's death is not forthcoming, 

nor is it known where she or her husband are buried. She 

had probably died before 1779. An Esther Fanning, 

perhaps the above mentioned, appears in 1761 and 1762 

on the New London County Court Records in a suit at 

law against John Fish "of Stunington." She was referred 

to then as "late of Groion, now [1761] of Stonington." 


61. I. AxxA* (?), b. at , Conn., about 1723 ; m. at 

Westerly, R. I.,t 14 Nov., 1742,! Christopher Billings, 

b. at Stonington, Conn., 10 Feb., 1723, s. of Lieut. 

Ebenezerand Phebe (Denison) Billings, he s. of Eben- 

ezer and .Anna (Comstock) Billings, he s. of William 

and Mary ( ) Billings, the first of the name in 


Anna d. early in life, and Christopher Billings m. 2d, 
at Stonington, 16 Nov., 1758, Abigail, dau. of Joseph 
and Hannah (Coates) Babcock, b. 20 April, 1 731, and 
had issue .Anne, John, Joseph and Jonas Babcock, all 
recorded at Stonington. § 
Issue of Christopher and Anna {Fanning) Billings :l 
I. Marcv Billings, b. 2S Nov., 1743. 
II. Daniel Bilungs, b. 23 July, X74S» 
III. Christopher Billings, b. 5 Nov., 1 748. 

* Stonington Probate Records, Book in., p. 209. 

t Recorded on Stonington Records, Births, Marriages and Deaths, Book 
III., p. 162, in which it states "both" were "of Stonington." 

X History of Stonington, p. 240, erroneously says Anna was m. " 14 Nov., 
1743," that she *'d. 16 Nov., 1758,*' and that dau. "Mercy was b. 28 Nov., 

$. Stonington Records, Births, Marriages and Deaths, Book III., p. 163.^ 
li All recorded on Stonington Records, Births, Marriages and Deaths, Book 

III., p. 162, except D?nicl, who is recorded in same book, p. 124. 

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IV. Nathan Bilungs, b. 15 May, 1750. 

V. Margaret Billings, b. x April, ^1S^* 

VI. Lydu Bilungs, b. 18 Dec, 2755. 

62. n. Margaret*/ b. at in 1727 ; m. at 

in 1 741, James Billings, Jr., b. at Stoning- 
ton 20 Sept., 1 7 19, s. of James and Mary (Hewitt) 
Billings, he s. of Ebenezer and Anna (Comstock) Bil- 
lings, he s. of William and Mary ( ) Billings. 

Mary Hewitt was dau. of Lieut. Benjamin and Mary 
(Fanning) Hewitt (No. 8). 

Margaret Billings d. at Stonington,Conn., "27 March 
1752 in her 26*** year" (g. s.), and is bur. in the Plains 
Burying Ground, North Stonington. Date of his death 
and place of burial not known. 

Isstte^ recorded at Stonington .'f 
I.' Jonas Billings, b. 6 Feb., 1742. 

II. Benjamin Billings, b. 4 Nov., 1744. 

III. Alpheus Billings, b. 27 Oct., 1746. 

IV. Amos Billings, b. 16 Jan., 1749. 

V. James Billings, b. ii Oct., 1751. 

63. in. EsTHER*(?), b. at , about 1729 ; m. at 

Stonington, Conn., by Simeon Miner, j. p., 15 Nov., 
1749, Gershom Brown, | probably the Gershom who 
was b. at Stonington 29 Aug., 1729. He was s. of 
Humphrey and Tabitha (Holdridge) Brown, he s. of 
Thomas, Jr., and Hannah (Collins) Brown, he s. of 
Thomas, Sr., and Mary (Newhall) Brown of Lynn, Mass. 
Gershom had a brother Humphrey who m. Mary, dau. 
of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Way) Fanning (No. 35). 
No issue of Gershom and Esther (Fanning) Brown 
appears recorded at Stonington. 

* On authority of C. Billings, ISillingsbridge, Ontario, Canada, who is com- 
piling a Billings genealogy. 

t Stonington Records, J^irths, Marriages and Deaths, Book ill., p. 157. 
;ibid., |>. 149. 

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24, WILLIAM^ FANNING, b. 1715, (Edmund^ Ed- 
mund^ Edmund^) 

in. at Groton, Conn., 17 March, i737f 

Ann Minor,* 

daii. of James and Abigail (Kklridgc) Minor, 
and b. at Taugwank, town of Stonington, Conn., about 
1 71 7. She had a sister Abigail who m. John Fanning (No. 
59). James Minor was s.of Ephraim, and he s. of Thomas 
Minor, the settler in Conn. 

William Fanning, s. of Edmund and Hannah (Parke) 
Fanning, was b. at Groton, Conn., 23 Dec, 1715. He 
was reared on the ancestral farm that descended from his 
great-grandfather, Edmund Fanning, Senior, to whom it 
was an original grant in 1664. ^^^ no doubt res. there 
during his lifetime. Little record of him is found among 
the land transfers of that town. He m. Ann, dau. of James 
and Abigail (Eldridge) Minor, and had issue seven ch., 
all of whom grew to maturity, and all but one of whom 
had families. His name frequently appears on the New 
London County Court records between the years 1738 
and 1758 in civil suits. A William Fanning was chosen 
tythingman 5 Dec, 1 743, as appears by the Groton town 
meeting records. (Probably No. 22 or No. 24.) 

He d. at Groton apparently after Feb., 1758, but previ- 
ous to July, 1 762, the date of his father's will, as he is not 
mentioned therein, but in which his two sons, William 
and James, were made legatees and received the bulk of 
tlieir grandfather's estate. 

•This name is properly Miner, although the first generfttioni of the family 
spel'iecl it on ihc Connecticut records almost invariahly "Minor." 

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The date of his wife's death is unknown, ns arc also 
llicir burial-places, though they were very hkely hiterred 
in the Fanning Bur)'ing Ground on the (arm, but with un- 
marked headstones. 


64. I. James*, b. at Groton, Conn., about 1739. 

He never m. By the will of his grandfather, Edmund 
Fanning, he and his brother William inherited in 
1 76S, 300 acres of the ancestral farm at Groton, which 
included in its bounds the original 50 acre grant to 
Edmund Fanning, Senior, from the town of New Lon- 
don in 1664. A division line was agreed upon and 
established, 20 April, 1768, between James and Wil- 
liam's shares, and quitclaim deeds were passed one to 
the other.f By the terms of the will James had the 
first choice, and selected the southern part of the farm 
bounded by Mystic River on the east and the brook 
on the south and west. 

He d. intestate at Groton in Feb., 1769, less than a 
year after his inheritance, and previous to the full exe- 
cution of his trust as one of the executors of his grand- 
father's will. His brother William, the remainbg 
executor, was appointed administrator of James's es- 
tate 6 March, 1769, by the Probate Court at Stoning- 
ton. He petitioned the Court that freeholders be 
appointed to divide up the real estate among the law- 
ful heirs, and Benadam Gallup, Nathan Crary and Lieut. 
Nathan Gallup of Groton were appointed. They made 

*The seven children were probably all born at Groton, although no dates 
of births are found recorded there, and we can only approximate the time. 
There may also have been a son Edmund found mentioned among the origi- 
nal papers at Stoningtun, under William Fanning's administratorship of his 
brother James's estate in 1769. Or the Edmund referred to may have been 
son of William, No. 65. 

t Groton Deeds, Book viit., p. 98. 

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their returns of the division 2 May, 1 769, and the real 
estate was distributed to the six brothers and sisters. 
The inventory, taken 14 March, the same year, esti- 
mated the homestead farm at 120 acres which, with 
the buildings thereon, was valued at ^330-0-0. Bal- 
ance of inventory was ;£i 34-4-1 1. On the 7th July, 
1772, an additional inventory of ;i^52-6-2 was exhib- 
ited to and allowed by the Court, making a total of 

He is supposed to be buried in the Fanning Bury- 
ing Ground, but with unmarked headstone. 

(See Map in another part of this volume showing 
the Fanning farm and James's portion and its distribu- 
tion. See also Appendix D.) 
+ 65. XI. William*, b. at Groton, Conn., about 1741. 


Gf.orck^ b. at Groton, Conn., about 1743. 

.Anna®, b. at Grot«in, Conn., about 1745 ; m. ist at Gro- 
ton previous to 21 April, 1769, Nathaniel Niles of that 
town b. 23 March, 1741, s.- of Nathan Niles by his 1st 
w. (Nathan Niles m. 2d 2er\iah Fanning Wheeler, No. 
23, dau. of Edmund and Hannah (Parke) Fanning). 
The Niles family were prominent in the Baptist Church 
at Groton, which church Anna joined in 1773. "Voted 
S Oct., 1790, that Nathaniel Niles have Pew No. 6," 
in the Baptist Meeting House (Records of the Church). 
Nathaniel Niles res. at Groton where he d. 17 Jan., 
18 1 2, aged 71 years, and is bur. in the Niles Burying 
Ground. His will is recorded at Stonington dated 5 
Sept., 1807, proved 2 March, 1812, and mentions w. 
Anna, sons Henry (who was made executor) and Gid- 
eon, and dau. Zerviah Wightman. Inventory ^4,1 13.34, 
which included the homestead farm and buildings val- 
ued at $3,400. There is no record of the births of 
Anna Niles's ch. at Groton or Stonington. 

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An old Fanning record or manuscript written by 
Lucy Fanning Watson, mother of John Fanning Wat- 
son, the "annalist," says "Anna married 2d a Frink 
and 3d a Stark, but without issue in both cases." If 
that statement is correct, there is no record of such 
marriages at Groton or Stonington, and it is hardly 
reasonable to suppose that Anna married twice after 
the death of her husband, Nathaniel Niles, in 18 12, at 
which time she was nearly seventy years of age. 
+68. V. RoGER^ b. at Groton, Conn., about 1749. 
69. VI. Freelove*, b. at Groton, Conn., in 1751 ; m. at Groton 
in 1773, Caleb Williams, s. of Nathan and Elizabeth 
(Haley) Williams. Caleb was of the sixth generation 
in this country, and des. from Robert Williams of Rox- 
bury, Mass. He was b. 18 July, 1749, was a farmer, 
and res. at Hazelnut Hill, town of Groton. Freclove 
was a member of the Daptist Church at Groton. 

He d. at Groton, i March, 1825, aged 76 years. 

Slie d. at Groton, 7 March, 1831, aged 80 years. 

Both bur. at Smith Lake Cemetery, Poquonnock, 

His will is recorded at Stonington, dated 33 May, 
1822, proved 5 April, 1825, and mentions w. Freelove, 
sons Jesse (who was made executor) and Edmund, 
and dau. Nancy Williams. Inventory $3,428.21, which 
included the homestead farm of 128 acres, with build- 
ings thereon, valued at $2,688.00. 

Issue^ recorded at Groton : 

I. Jesse Williams, b. 28 June, 1774 ; m. Elizabeth, 
dau. of Ensign Ebenezer Avery, Jesse d. 26 
Feb., 1839, a. 6$. Elizabeth d. 8 Jan., 1843, 
a. 62. 

II. Alfred Wiujams, b. 21 Dec, 1776. 

III. MixoR Williams, b. 28 March, 1779 ; d. at sea. 

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IV. Cai.kii Williams, h. 13 Jan., 1781 ; <1. at sea. 

V. Nancy Williams, b. 4 Nov., 17S4; d. uiim., 31 

May, 1S60, a. 75. 

VI. Edmund Williams, b. iS March, 178S. 

VII. Hannah Williams, b. 6 Dec, 1 790 ; d. young. 
70. VII. Hannah*, b, at Groton, Conn., about 1753; m. at 

GxoXon previous to 28 Feb., 1775,* Oliver Grant, Jr., 
and settled in North Stonington. He was b. at Ston- 
ington, 16 April, 1754, s. of Oliver and Ann Borodel 
(Dilliiigs) Grant, and des. from Matthew Grant, who 
settled in Dorchester, Mass., and later at Windsor, 
Conn. He was a captain in the Colonial army. 

He d. at North Stonington, Conn., about 1832. 

She d. at North Stonington, Conn., about 1834. 
Issue : 

I. OtrvER Grant, b. in 1779 ; m. Esther Breed. 

II. George Grant, b. 7 Aug., 1782 ; was in War of 

1S12 ; d. in service, at Greenbush, N. Y., unm. 

III. William Grant, b. in i 784 ; d. unm. at Goshen, 


IV. Hannah Grant, b. in 1787 ; d. unm. at Gris- 

wold, Conn. 

V. HosEA Grant, b. in 1789 ; m. Betsey Jacques 

and settled in Ithaca, N. Y. 
VL Wheeler Grant, b. 1 790 ; res. Ithaca, N. Y. 
vu. Rebecca Grant, b. in 1792 ; m. Elisha Keeney 

and lived in North Stonington, Conn., and 

later in Goshen, where he d. 

• "Ancient Windsor," Vol. 11., p. 319, and History of Stonington, p. 402, 
both erroneously state that Hannah Fanning married Oliver Grant, Jr., 20 
April, 1775. She was '* Hannah Grant late Hannah Fanning," on Feb. 28, 
177?, as proved by deed of George Fanning to Ezra Barnes recorded at Groton, 
Book viir., p. 115. It is obvious, therefore, that she was married previous to 
that d.ile, and could not have married on the 20th of April, 1775. 

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31. JONATHAN* FANNING, b. 1717, (J*>mi/h.iii\ 

Juimtind'^^ KtimuntO) 

m. at Croton, Conn., in x 739, 

Mary , 

dau* of 
and b. at 

Jonathan Fanning, Junior, great-grand-s. of Edmund, 
the emigrant ancestor, was b. at Groton, Conn., on the 
2Sth of October, 1 7 1 7. 

At his father's death in 1761 he inhcritc<l the eastern 
part of his homestead farm in Groton, near Mystic River, 
wlitch farm descended from lilihimnd i*:inning. Senior. 
1 Icre he followed farming and lived to the time of his 
death. The location of the western boundary of this 
farm was decided in an agreement made in 1771 with 
his brother David, who had inherited that portion of 
his father's land that lay to the westward, which agree- 
ment is on record at Groton, Book vin., page 98. (See 
map in another part of this volume.) His habitation no 
doubt was the old Fanning house built by his father or 
grandfather and stands to-day near the present Alonzo 
Main residence* 

Jonathan died in April, 1795, and bequeathed his farm 
to his son Phineas. At that time it comprised about 
fifty acres, and was bounded on the east by Mystic Brook 
and William VVilh'ams's land of Stonington, on the North 
by Lantern Hill Lower Pond and land belonging to heirs 
of Joseph Stanton, on the west by Hopkins's land, and 
on the South by lands of Manassah Short, Captain Sam- 
uel Williams and Ambrose Fish. 

Mary, the wife of Jonathan Fanning, had presumably 
died before 1786, the date of the making of his will, as 
she is not mentioned therein. 

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Their burial places arc unknown, but were probably in 
the old Fanning Burying Ground on the ancestral farm, 
but with unmarked headstones. 

Following is a copy of the will recorded at Stonington : 

"In the Name of God Amen I Jonathan Faning of 
Groton in the C^ounty of New London in the State of 
Connecticut being infirm in liody but Knjoying a Sound 
& Disposing mintl and mctr.ory thanks be Given to God 
therefor Calling to mind the mortality of my Body and 
that it is appointed fur all men once to Die do make and 
ordain this my Last Will & Testament & first of all giveing 
and Recoininendiiig my Soul to God that gave it Be- 
seeching Him to Receive it for the sake and merit of my 
only Saviour Christ Jesus my Alone Hope and my Body 
to the Dust ro Have a Christian Burial at the Discretion 
of my Executor hereafter Named Nothing Doubting but 
I Shall Receive it again at the Resurrection of the Just 
and as Touching Such Worldly Estate wherewith it Has 
pleased god to bless me wit'» in this Life I Give Demise 
and Dispose of the Same in the following manner and 
form and first of all I will that all my Just Debts & funeral 
Charges be paid C^ Satisfied in Due time by my Executor 
out of my Estate. Item I Give and Devise to my Beloved 
Son Phinehas Faning all my Lands& Buildings on Which I 
now Dwell or Have a Right to Elsewhere &iid Lands & 
Buildings Lying & being in Groton Aforesaid and Bounded 
as follows Namely on the East with Mistick Brook or River 
So Called untill it comes to the Land I sold to William Wil- 
liams Esqr. of Stonington & So to the Pond Called Lanthom 
Hill Lower pond Bounded on the North partly on Sd Pond 
and partly on Land Belonging to the Heirs of Joseph Stan- 
ton Late of Stonington Deed and on the West With 
Hopkins his Land where David Faning Now Lives Bound- 
ed on the South Partly on Manassah Shorts Land and on 
Capt, Samuel Williams and Ambros Fishes Land to the 
Bound first mentioned to be to Him His Heirs & Assigns 
for Ever in Fee Simple I also Give my Said Son Phine- 
has Faning all my moveable or Perional Estate of what 
Kind or Denomination Soever Excepting my Gun on 

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Condition of His paying what I shall in this my will 
order him to pay to His Brother Asher Faning — Item I 
Give & Bequeath to my Beloved Son Ashur Faning the 
Sum of Twenty Five pounds Lawful! Money Two years 
after my Decease to be paid to Him or Heirs by my Son 
Phinehas or Heirs in Consideration of what I Have 
given Him in this my will — Item I Give & Bequeath to 
my Grandson John Faning my Gun — Item I do hereby 
Appoint my Beloved Son Phinehas Faning Sole Execu- 
tor of this my Last will utterly Revoking & Disannulling 
all other wills heretofore by me made Ratifying this & 
only this to be my Last will & Testament in Testamony 
hereof I Have hereunto Set my hand & affixed my seal 
this 6th Day of Septr. a. d. 1786 Signed Sealed pub- 
lished & Declared to be the Last will & testament of the 
Sd Jonathan Faning by him Self 
in presence of us as wit Jonathan Fanikc [Seal] 

neses Wm. Williams Junr. 
"Prudence Williams, 
"Lucy Fish. 

"New London County ss Groton April 24"* 1795 per- 
sonally Appeared Wit%^ Capt. William Williams & Pru- 
dence Williams Both of Sd Groion & Severally made 
oath that they Saw Mr. Jonathan Faning Signer & Sealer 
of the foregoing Instrument Sign & Seal & Heard him 
Publish & Declare the Same to be His Last will & testa- 
ment & that they Severally Signed the Same with Lucy 
Fish as Witneses thereto in the Presence of the Testator 
& of Each other & that in their Opinion the Testator was 
then of Sound mind, Memory & Understanding — Before 
me — Stephen Billings Justice of Peace 

"the Foregoing Executor Appeared in this Court Ac- 
cept', the trust & gave Bond agreable to Law. 

"Attest John Denison 3d Clerk" 

"an Inventory Taken of the Estate of Mr. Jonathan 
Faning Late of Groton Deed. Aprl. 25th 1795 
"To so Acres by Estimation of Land with the Buildings 

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\' ApiMirtonnnccs (hcivunto l»c'lon^ing at >^3.oo pr acri! 

^15000 Tolal X'2|*>-- 7 

"WiHiuiii A. Morgan ) Appraisers 
"Richard Failing J under oath 
"Executrs made oath to this Inventory 
in Common Form of Law — 
"Attest John Dcnison 3d, Clerk. 

"This Court Hath Allowed 6 months to the Creditors to 
the Estate of Mr. Jonathan Faning Lateof Groton Deed, 
to Kx!iil)it tlieir Claims against Sd. Deed. Estate or be 
Debarred a Recovery Agreable to Law — 

"Attest John Denison 3d Clerk." 

Issue :^ 

71. I. '^lIOMAs^ b. at (jrolon, Conn., 14 Nov., 1741. He was 

"of Croton,*' and was known as Capt. Thomas Fan- 
ning, 2(1, and followed the sea. There Ls no record 
of his marriage or the birth of any children at Groton, 
Stonington or New Londo.i. 

He died in Feb. or March, 1776, and "his brothcr"t 
Phineas was appointed administrator on his intestate 
estate, by the Probate Court, 2 April, 1776. His in- 
ventory taken 4 May following by the appraisers, 
Elisha Williams and 'i'homas Holdridge, amounted to 
;^69-i2-i. On the ist of April, 1777, Phineas Fane 
ning, was allowed by the Probate Court six months 
additional time to complete his administration. 

72. n. LoES [Lois?]*, b. at Groton, Conn., 25 May, 1743 ; no 

further record of her is found. 

-f-73. III. Phineas*, b. at Groton, Conn., 16 Nov., 1743. (The 
dates of births of Loes and Phineas are inconsistent, 
but they are given as found on the records at Groton.) 

4-74. IV. AsHER*, b. at Groton, Conn. 

"The births of Thomas, I/)cs and Phineas only are on the Groton records. 
t Vido original Probate papers on file at Stonington, ami in particular one 
dated 24 March, 1777, signed by John Denison $th. 

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33. DAVID*FANNING, h. 1727, {Jomiihati'. Juimmnn, 

m. ist^ at Groton, Conn.^ 2 Jan., 1749, 

Abigail Fish» 
dau. of and Mary ( ) Fish, 

and b. at in 1 730. 

She d. at Groton, Conn., 26 June, 1771, in her 42d 

He m. 2d, at Sionington, Conn., 3 Feb., 1772, 

Mary Searle, 
dau. of Bcnoni and Content (Holdridge) Searle, 
and b. at Stonington, Conn., 10 April, 1750. 

David Fanning of Groton, Conn., second son of Jona- 
than and Elizaljcth (Way) Fanning, and great-grandson 
of Edmund Fanning, Senior, was born at Groton, 2 March, 
1 727. Ke also resided on the old Fanning farm of his an- 
cestors on Mystic River, the greater part of which was 
owned by Edmund Fanning of the first generation in this 
country, and a portion of which descended to David. 

He inherited the western part of his father Jonathan's 
share of the original farm, with the house thereon, at the 
lattcr's death in 1 76 1 . It comprised about thirty-five acres 
and was bounded on the east by his brother Jonathan, 
Junior's, land, on the south by Edmund Fanning's, on the 
west by William Williams's, and on the north by Joseph 
Stanton's farm. (See Map of the Groton farm in another 
part of this work.) 

David Fanning's house, which is first mentioned in his 
father's will in 1 757, was located on the eastern part of the 
farm near the boundary line of his brother Jonathan's por- 
tion. It was probably built for him by his father, which 
may be inferred from the latter's will in 1757, which 
states he bequeathed the farm "with the house thereon/* 

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etc., etc. Tlie house went clown many years ago, and 
nothing remains now but the cellar-hole. Traces of an 
old barn and cow-pen arc discernible. The land is now 
owned by Alonzo Main. 

On the iSth of Dec, 1 765, David Fanning sold 15 acres 
from the southern portion of his farm to Edward Short 
of Stonington,* which lot seems to have been owned in 
1777 by Capt. Manassah Short, and was sold by him to 
Robert Dixon just previous to 1791.! An old cellar-hole 
is on the premises, which probably marks the site of the 
Short residence. David sold the remainder of his farm, 
iS acres, with buildings thereon, to Jonathan Hilliard of 
Stonington, 29 May, 1782, J and he disposed of it, 11 
November, same year, to Thomas Hopkins.§ 

David Fanning m. ist at Groton, 2 Jan., 1749, but the 
name of his wife is not obtainable. She d, at Groton, 
26 June, 1771, in her 4 2d year. He m. 2d at Stoning- 
ton, 3 Feb., 1772, Mary, dau. of Benoni and Content 
(Holdridge) Searle of that town. He had eighteen child- 
ren by his two wives. 

David Fanning was a soldier in the French and Indian 
War. He enlisted in Capt. John Stanton's company of 
Col. Eleazer Fitch's regiment, and his name is founds in 
the muster-roll of that company, dated at Groton, 27 
April, 1759, and preserved among the State Records at 
Hartford. After the expiration of the term of service of 
the regiment he reenlisted in Col. Lyman's ist Conn. 
regiment, 17 March, 1762, and was mustered out as ser- 
geant in Capt. John Wheatley's company on the ist of 
Dec. of that year, having served in that regiment thirty- 
seven weeks and one day, his pay for the entire time be- 
ing ;^20-8-65<. 

♦Groton Deeds, iJook vii., p. 77. 
} 11)1(1., Dook X., p. 134. 

t Ibid., Book XI., p. 210. 
§ Ibid., p. 146. 

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He (I. at Groton, 8 Jan., 181 7, in the 90th year of his 

His widow d. 20 Oct., 1821, aged 71 years. 
Their burial places are unknown. 

Issue EighUen Childrai:^ 

75. I. Mary*, b. at Groton, Conn., 2 Nov., 1749 ; m. at New 

Haven, Conn., 18 May, 1792, Rev. Samuel Haskeli. 
They were living at Poughkeepsie, N. Y., in 1 797, but 
removed in Dec, that year, to Rye, N. Y., where they 
res. in 1798. No further record. 

76. n. VVelthie*, b. at Groton, Conn., 3 Jan., 1752. No fur- 

ther record. 

+ 77. in. Jonathan', b. at Groton, Conn., 2 or 13 March, 1754. 

+ 78. IV. Elisha*, b. at Groton, Conn., 16 Sept., 1756. 

+ 79, V. David*, b. at Groton, Conn., 23 Dec, 1758. 
80. VI. Nathan*, b. at Groton, Conn., 2 March, 1761. He 
was probably the Nathan Fanning who enlisted as a 
marine, 10 June, 1776, for service on the galley, 
" Shark," built at Norwich by Capt. Jonathan Lester.f 
This vessel was commanded by Theophilus Stanton, but 
while in service in New York by Capt. Roger Fanning 
(No. (i^). Among those who enlisted at the same 
time were Jonathan Fanning (No. 77.) and Thomas 
Fanning (No. — ?), both asseamen.{ The Shark was 

* The Groton records give no names or dates of births of any children, but 
an old memorandum pocket-book of David Fanning, now in possession of a 
descendant. Miss Cynthia L. Cranston, New London, Conn., contains the 
births of nine children by first wife and nine by second wife, as given above. 
It also gives the date of his first marriage and his first wife*s death, but not her 

t Vide History of Norwich, Conn., by Frances M. Caulkins, edition 1874, 
p. 402. 

J Vide Connecticut Revolutionary Rolls, pp. 150 and 594. There were 
four by the name of Fanning serving on this vessel out of a equipment 
of fifty men. 


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onlcrc*! U> New V»»ik l»y (Icn. Washington, anil did 
service on the Hudson River in conjunction with the 
row-galleys, "Crane" and "Whiting," the last two 
being captured by the British in the fall of 1776. 
On the 7 Fe!)., 1777, Nathan Fanning enlisted for 
three years as private in Capt. Christopher Ely's com- 
pany of I-ynie, in Col. Huntington's regiment, and 
died at Valley Forge, [2 April, 1778. 

Si. vil Pmnnp:*, b. at Groton, Conn., 14 Nov., 1763. No 
further record. 

82. VIII. Bridget*, b. at Groton, Conn,, 22 April, 1766. No 
further record. 

Z^. IX. Priscilla*, b. at Groton, Conn., 11 Aug., 1768. No 
further record. 

Issue by second wife Mary: 

84. X. Amicail*, b. at Groton, Com., 24 Dec, 1772. No 

further record of her is found. An Abigail Fanning 
joined the Bapdst Church of Groton, 4 Jan., 1 798, 
according to the records of that church. 

85. XI. Jesse*, b. at Groton, Conn., 8 March, ^775; ^» ^S 

Aug., 1797, a. 23 years. 
^6. XII. Margaret*, b. at Groton, Conn., 6 May, 1777 ; m. at 
Groton, Conn., in 1 798, Elijah Bailey, b. 25 Jan., 
1766. He was a farmer. They res. at North Ston- 
ington. Conn., two miles west of Swantown Hill. 
About 1810 they removed to Swantown Hill, where 
their remaining six children were born. 
He d. 25 Oct., 1849. 
She d. 27 Sept., 1857. 

Both bur. in North Stonington, Conn., about a mile 
from the home place. 
Iss7/ey ail dom af North Sioningfofiy Conn,: 

I. AxxA Bailey, b. 7 Feb., 1799; d* ^^ Sept., 
1805. Scalded to death. 

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II. Lyman Railky, Ik 17 April, iKoo; m. in 1833, 
iSclsey Irish, dan. of Joiiii Irish, and res. at 
Preston City, where lie followed fanning. He 
d. 20 Nov., 1879. 

III. Polly Bailey, b. 28 Jan., 1802 ; d. 13 Oct., 


IV. James Bailey, b. 28 May, 1S04; m. in 1825, 

Emily Green, and res. at Preston, where he 
followed fanning. He d. 31 Dec, 1870. 

V. DiMMis Bailey, b. 8 April, 1806 ; m. in 1824, 

Benjamin Franklin Avery, a farmer; m. 2d, S. 

Collins. She d. 5 Oct., 1849. 
VL Carouke Bailey, b. 5 April, 1809 ; m. in 1831, 

Denison Swan, a farmer. She d. 21 Dec, 1891. 
VII. Emeline Bailey, b. 31 May, t8ii ; unni. and 

res. at North Stonington. 
viii. Lucy Ann Bailey, b. 20 April, 1813 ; m. in 

1835, John Adams. She d.Wn Aug., 1894. 

IX. Eunice Bailey, b. 23 April, 1815 ; m. in 1836, 

Jedediah Brown. She d. in April, 1874. 

X. EujAH Bailey, b. 31 Aug., 1817 ; m. in 1847, 

Sarah J. Allen, and resided at North Stoning- 
ton. He d. recently. 

XI. William Williams Bailey, b. 23 Oct., 1819; 
m. in 1847, Philena Main. He d. 12 Feb., 

xiL Infant son, b. 5 Oct., 1821 ; d. next day. 

87. xiii. Fanny*, b. at Groton, Conn., 16 Jan., 1780; m. at 

Michael Daniels, and res. at Mansfield, 
Conn. She d. 18 Dec, 1858. 

88. XIV. Nathan*, b. at Groton, Conn., 8 April, 1782. No fur- 

ther record of him is found. Had half bro. Nathan 
(No. 80) who d. at Valley Forge. He is not men- 
tioned in the Albertson Bible, and may have d. in 

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S9. XV. AxxA*, b. at Groton, Conn., 14 Nov., 1785 ; (called 
"Nancy Clark") ; m. at Groton, 23 .'\pril, 1804, Wil- 
Ham Albertson of Norwich. He was b. at Providence, 
R. I., 19 Jan., 1777; was a widower, having pre- 
viously m. Mary Godfrey in June, 1800. Anna Al- 
bertson joined the Baptist Church at Groton, April 
4, 1S12. 

He d. at Norwnch, 22 May, 1S26. 
She d. at Norwich, 16 June, 1S79, a, 93 years, 
and is bur. in the old Norvvich Cemetery. 
Issue : 
I. William Sweeten ALnERTSON, b. at Groton, 
15 July, 1S05 ; m. 1st, at Norwich in 1S2S, 
Patience Small. She d. and he m. 2d, in 
1S40, at Brewster, Mass., Lydia Lowman. 
n. Eliza Grace Alberi'SOn, b. at Norwich, 10 
Feb., 1807 ; m. there Mark F. Edwards. She 
d. at Nonvich, 25 March, 1840. 

III. Theodore Foster Albertson, b. at Norwich, 

28 Oct., 180S ; m. at Norwich, 4 July, 1S30, 
Lucretia Dailey. 

IV. Howard Broxs'x Alberi-son, b. at Norwich, 4 

Nov., 1810, and d. 15 Dec, 1822. 
v. Stephen Decatur Albertson, b. at Nor>nch, 

4 Dec, 181 2; m. at New York, 26 April, 

1836, Frances Rossiter. 
VI. Naxcv Fanning Albertson, b. at Nonvich, 22 

Oct., 1815, and d. 27 March, 183a. 

VII. Erastus B. Fanning Albertson, b. at Nor- 

wich, 9 Jan., 1S17 ; d. 15 Sept., 1818. 

VIII. Mary Ann Albertson, b. at Norwich, 26 Jan., 

1819; m. at Norwich, i Sept., 1841, Benja- 
min F. Mead, and had Isadora S., Tlieodore 

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F., S. Howard, Mary E., George E. and Sarali 

Louisa Mead. 

Mary Ann d. at Norwich, 26 July, zS86. 

IX. Charles Henry Aldertson, b. at Norwich, 30 

March, 1831 ; m. at New York, 25 March, 
1840, Sarah Wildey. He d. at Norwich, 19 
Feb., 1858. 

X. Joseph Rider Aldertson, b. at Norwich, 1 1 

May, 1823 ; m. at Providence, R. I., 27 Nov., 
1848, Maria Van Rensselaer. They are now 
[1902] hVing in Maywood, Cook Co., III. 
XL Edward Huntincion Aldertson, b. at Nor- 
wich, 22 June, 1825 ; d. 18 June, 1S28. 

90. xvr. Edna*, b. at Groton, Conn., 16 June, 1788. There is 

no further record of her at Groton. She may have 
d. in infancy. 

91. xviL Erastus B *, b. at Groton, Conn., 28 March, 

1 791 ; he never m. He res. at Groton and at Nor- 
wich. Served in the War of 1812, He enlisted as 
private and served under Roswell Morgan as com- 
mander from I June to 17 June, 1813, and under 
Charles Thomas from 9 Aug. to 23 Aug., 1814. He 
then enlisted at Norwich in the regular army, 4 Feb., 
1815, under Maj. Benjamin Watson, in the 25th 
Conn. Infantry, and was discharged 24 March, 18 15. 
He d. at Groton, 29 May,* 18x5, a. 24 years, 
and is bur. in the City Cemetery, Norwich. 

92. xvin. Henrieita*, b. at Groton, Conn., 30 Jan., 1795 ; m. 

at Stonington, Conn., i8 April, 1815, James Crans- 
ton, b. at Stonington, 19 Nov., 1792. He was a 
farmer and res. at Stonington and Norwich. 

She d. at Norwich, 29 Jan., 1836. 

He d. at New I^ndon, 31 Jan., i886, a. 94. 

♦ Fri>:n Albcrtson P.ihlc, ITeadstone rend* 29 Afnrrh, 1815. 

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Issue : 

I. Sarah Ann CKANb-raN, b. at Stonington, Conn., 

4 Dec, 1815 ; m, at Norwich, H. Ncbon 


Sarah d. in New London, 29 April, 1891. 

II. AniJY Henrietfa Cranston, b. at Stonington, 

Conn., 23 Jan., iSry ; ni. at Norwich, Jona- 

tlian S. Hamilton. 

Abby d. in lirooklyn, N. Y., 24 Sept., 1896. 
III. Nancy Maria Cranston, b. at Stonington, 

Conn., 17 Nov., 1819; d. at Norwich, 22 

April, 1 84 1, 
rv. Mary Hannah Cranston, b. at Stonington, 

Conn., 12 Oct., 1821 ; in. James H.Latham 

of Groton. 

She d. at Norwich, 19 Nov., 1S45. 

V. Margaret Oriluv Cr/VNSton, b. at Norwich, 

Conn., 23 June, 1823; m. Henry C. Ewen 
of Norwich. 

VI. Cynthia Lathrop Cranston, b. at Norwich, 

Conn., 14 Dec, 1825 ; unm. and at present 
res. in New London. 

vii. William Henry Ckans-ixjn, b. at Nonvich, 
Conn., 21 Feb., 1829; m. Eunice Hemp- 
stead of Stonington. He d. at New London, 
Conn., in 1901 or 2. 

viir. Joseph Jackson Cranston, b. at Norwich, 
Conn., 13 Aug., 1832. He d. there 22 July, 

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37. JAMES* FANNING, b. 1719, (Jamef, Tlwmin\ 
m. rst, in town ofSouthold, l^ I., in 1740, 

Deborah Warner, 
dau. of ♦• 

and b. in town of Southold, Sufiblk Co., L. I., in 1723. 
She d. at Flanders, town of Soutliampton, SuiToIk Co., 
L. I., 2 June, X77S, a. 55 years (g. s.), and was bur. 

He m. 2d, at Flanders, L. I., i June, 1780, 

Pernal Moore, 
dau. of 
and b. at 

She d. at Flanders, L. I., 

He m. 3d, at Flanders, L, I.^ 

y and was bur. 
- Hildreth, 

dau. of 
and b. at 

She d. at Flanders, L. I., 

, and was bur. 

James Fanning, Junior, eldest son of Capt. James and 
Hannah (Smith) Fanning, was born at Smithtown, Suf- 
folk Co., L. I., 22 March, 17x9. During his minority his 
father removed to and settled in the town of Southold, 
L. I., in that western portion which was in 1792 set off 
to form the new town of Riverhead, where he res. a por- 
tion of his lifetime. He is referred to in the XVatson i^rs. 
as a "wealthy farmer of Long Island." His name ap- 
pears on the Southold records up to 1764, and on the 
Southampton records from 1763 to 1S05, the time of his 
death. In 1757 his name is found on the Suffolk County 

* Possibly Deborah was daughter of Daniel Warner. Her grandfather was 
Nathaniel Warner, who, it is said, Iniiltthe Presbyterian Church at Mattituclc, 
L. U about 1700, 

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records in a deed to William Downs of 72 acres of land 
"lying and being in the township of Southold in that west- 
ward part of the Town commonly called or known by 
the name of Acquabaiige, Second Division, and on upland 
called the River head."* 

On the 14th of Sept., 1764, he sold his farm of 98 acres 
at Aquebogue, with dwelling-house, barn and cellar-house 
ihcreon, for ^600, to John Case of Southold. The land 
was bounded on the west by Joseph Hinchman, north by 
land of Capt. John Cleaves, deceased, east by a two-pole 
lane, and south partly by highway and partly by Fanning's 
own land. This was probably James Fanning's home 
farm in Souihold, where he resided until he removed to 
Southampton town. 

In 1763 he first appears as an inhabitant of the town 
of Southampton, Suffolk Co., L. I.f On the i6th of May, 
that year, he was one of the proprietors of that town who 
drew lots in the "Aucaubogue Division in Topping's 
Purchase," so called. He appears by the records of Suf- 
folk Co. to have been living in 1 765 at Long Neck, town 
of Southampton. The 30th of Oct. of that year he makes 
reference in a deed to " my now dwelling house and all 
my lands lying in Long Neck where I now live," etc.J 

In 1784 he disposed of Lot No. 14 in Long Neck, 
containing 10 acres with "my house, barn and other 
buildings,'* to John Howell of Canoe Place.§ 

The locality where James Fanning lived afterwards be- 
came the village of Flanders, which is a settlement in the 

•This locality known as the "head of the River" or the "River head" 
.T.sny years before it was legally set off from Southold as a new town in 1792. 
Th;: ol ! Indian name was Occobog, meaning ''the place at the head of the 
Uav Df :hc Cove place." 

* ViO.e Printed Recortls of the Town of Southampton, L. L, Vol. HI., pp. 

; Viile Suffolk County Deeds, Hook C, p. 15. §ll)id., p. 82. 

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ds IS that 

northwest section of the town near Riverhead. The His- 
tory of Southampton states that tlie first house was erected 
at Flanders about 1770 by Josiah Goodale, and that the 
families of Squires and Fanning came soon after. 

Among the abstracts of ear-marks of cattle on the town 
records is that 
of James Fan- 

penny over " Agc8i(iSoo) 

right [ear], 
slope under same, hole in left, nick under same." 

He owned mill property on the Peconic River. He was 
known as James Fanning, 2d. He resided the last years 
of his life with Jiis son James. He died intestate, 16 
Sept., 1805, in his 87th year, and was buried on his farm 
at Flanders, L. I. ; headstone recently erected. His 
three wives were buried at same place, the first only 
having a hewidstone. 

-f 93. I. James', b. in town of Southold, L. I., i Dec, 1742. 

94. II. Nathaniel^ b. in town of Southold, L. I., in 1747 ; d. 

31 Jan., 1749, a. 2 years (Salmon Record). 

95. III. Catharine^, b. in town of Southold, L. I., in 1749-50; 

m. 14 Nov., 1772, Gershom Aldrich, and settled in 

Southold, where she d. 13 Feb., 1802, in her 53d year. 


I. James Aldrich, b. 22 May, 1774 ; m. ist, 2 Nov., 

1800, Helen Hudson; m. 2d, in 1819, Fanny 

Veltraan ; m. 3d, in 183 1, Mary S. Borden. 

II. Gershom Aldrich, b.. 

III. Hannah Aldrich, b. 

96. IV. Mary*, b. in town of Southold, L. I., . Perhaps 

the Mary Fanning who m. 19 April, 1770, Samuel Vail. 

97. V. Hannah*, b. in town of Southold, L. I., 

+98. VI. JohnS b. in town of Southold, L. I., 19 May, 1757. 

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38. THOMAS^ FANNING, h. 1722. (////w", TJiomus^, 

m. in town of Southold, L. I., 14 Jan., 1747-8, 

Lydia Horton, 

dau. of David and ( ) Horton, 

and b. at Southold, L. L, in July, 1729. 

Thomas Fanning, second son of Capt. James and Han- 
nah (Smith) Fanning, was born at Smithtown, Suffolk 
County, L. I., 14 or 1 6 Nov., 1722.* The greater part of his 
life seems to have been spent in the town of Southold. He 
inherited from his mother, Hannah (Smith) Fanning, at 
her death in 1750, a farm of X30 acres, with dwelling- 
house and buildings thereon, at what is now Riverhead, 
L. L, then called Occohog, ami was cn^braccd in the 
second division of Occobog lands.f 'I'Ins farm was 
bounded north and east by the lands of Abigail Wickliam, 
south by the Peconic River " so far as the saw-mill ", and 
west by land of Christopher Young. Thomas Fanning 
sold the farm in April, 1753$ to John Griffing, "except 
and always reser\'ed unto the said Thomas Fanning, 
his heirs and assigns forever, one-half acre of land at 
and about the place where his mother lies buried, with 
free passage in and to the same and from it." This 
land was evidently part of his mother's homestead farm. 
Thomas Fanning was reared on this farm, and no doubt 
resided there with his parents until his mother's death in 
1750, and after that until 1753, when he sold it to John 
Griffing, as heretofore stated. 

♦The Clark Bible (vide note on p. 142) reads "died 29 Nov., 1782, a. 60 
yrs., 15 days." On the headstone at Riverhead the inscription is not very 
leg!!)le, and looks more like "60 yrs,, 13 days." If the Bible record is cor- 
rect the date of his birth would be 14 Nov., i J22. 

t Spelled variously Aucobog, Aucobaugc, Aucobank, etc., etc. 

♦ .SulTolk County Deeds, Vol. B., p. 320. 

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III 1755 lu! \v:is of Shcllcr lsl;tn<l. How Ion;; he re- 
siilcil there is not apparciU. In 1764 and 1765 he pur- 
chased all the lands of his brother, James Fanning, Jr., 
in the town of Southampton, hicluding Fifteen Mile 
Island, land in Long Neck, Quogue, and elsewhere. 
Whether he took up his residence in Southampton at 
that time is not clear, although in 1778 he is referred to 
in the records as "of Southampton."* It is proved by 
the I^'banon, Conn., Records of Deeds that Thomas 
Fanning was of the town of Brookhaven, L. I., in the years 
i7^5> n73 and 1775. On the sth of Aug., 1765, he 
purchased of Aaron Fish, of Lebanon, for ^^700, a farm 
of 133 acres in that town, which, as the record states, 
was llie farm that belonged to Capt. William Throop. 
'J*his Lebanon farm was forfeited to the Government on 
account of Thomas Fanning's connection with the Ia)y- 
alists* side in the Revolution. In the Conneciicui Gazette 
of Sept. 2S, 1 7S1, appeared the following advertisement : 

"To be sold at Public Vendue at the Dwelling House 
of Mr. Nathaniel Williams, in Lebanon, on the 2d day 
of Oct. next. Pursuant to an act of the General Assembly 
in May last, and an order of the Governor and Council 
of Safety on the 6th of July inst : An excellent Farm of 
land, consisting of a suitable proportion of mowing, pas- 
turing, plowing, orchard and woodland, well watered and 
accommodated with a good and convenient dwelling 
house and barn and is under good improvements. The 
whole consists of 130 acres, and is situated upon the road 
leading from Lebanon and Windham, at the distance of 
about one mile from the Meeting House, in the ist So- 
ciety in said Lebanon. Tlie above is the forfeited estate 
of Thomas Fanning of L. I., who hath joined the enemy 
and is screening himself under their Protection." 

* Vide Revolutionary Incidents orSufTolk and Kings Counties, hy Henry 
Ondcrdonk, Jr., New York, 1849. P- 75- 

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At the outbreak of hostilities between the American 
Colonies and England, Thomas Fanning acted in sympathy 
with the royalists, and with his brother Edmund openly 
avowed his loyalty to the mother country, and was ac- 
tively engaged in furthering the interests of his Brittanic 
Majesty. In Nov., 1776, 'I'homas Fanning was one 
of a committee deputed to present an address to Gov. 
I'ryon in the name of the inhabitants of Suffolk County, 
congratulating llim on his arrival in his capital, and 
swearing allegiance to him and the British Govern- 
menl. On the organization of the King's American 
Regiment of Foot by Col. Edmund Fanning, his brother, 
he was appointed quartermaster with the rank of lieuten- 
ant, which was aftL^rwards raised to a captaincy. In June, 
177S, a party of Whigs from Connecticut seized him and 
carried him off. He was.takcn to New London, and the 
following onlcr was issued by the Governor and Council 
of Safety at Lebanon, 24 June, 177S : 

*• Resolved that an order be made out to Prosper Wet- 
more, Esq., Sheriff of the County of New London to take 
and safely convey Thomas Fanning lately taken from L. I., 
a Tory, and him deliver to Gov'. Clinton in the state of N. 
Y., or other committee or authority proper to receive him, 
and to apply there for payment of his fees and ex- 

Thomas Fanning was soon afterwards exchanged for 
Joseph Chew, Esq. 

Griffin's Journal states that Thomas Fanning resided 
at Sterling, L. I. (which name was changed to Green Hill 
after 1817, and to Greenport in 1830), from 1740 to 
1770. We quote from the Journal, as follows : 

" In the house of the late Orange Webb, Sr., the cele- 
brated George Whitcfield, on a pane of glass, with a dia- 
mond, wrote these memorable words, viz. : 'One thing is 

' Viilc Printed Records of the State of Connecticut, Vol. ir., p. 95. 

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needful.' This pane of glass is yet (1856) entire, al- 
though written on in 1 763, having withstood unscathed 
the storms of more than four score years. The house, 
with its large establishment, was Thomas Fanning's, a 
country merchant, and at the time of much note as a man 
of the world." 

Capt. Orange Webb kept a tavern in this house for 
nearly forty years from 1770 to 1805. In 1820 the house 
was auctioned off as the property of David \Yebb de- 

During Thomas Fanning's residence in the town of 
Brookhaven (which appears to have been for a few years 
after 1770), it is said by his descendants that he owned 
a farm at Bellport in that town, at a place called Stor's 
Neck. It is now the property of the heirs of the late 
James Otis.f 

He died at Sterling, now Grccnport, L. I., 29 Nov., 
1782, aged 60 years, 15 days.J He was buried beside his 
parents in the Fanning Family Burying Ground at River- 
head, L. I., on the farm he sold to John Griffing in 1 753. 
His remains and headstone were removed to the River- 
head Cemetery, and his body reintcrred in the family lot 
there in 1861. His will dated 28 Nov., 1782, proved xx 
Jan., X783, on file in the Surrogate's office, N. Y., Liber 
35, (abstract at Riverhead, Liber 35, p. 162), mentions 
wife Lydia, son David, daughters Mary Hosmer, Solomy 
Fanning (under age) , and grandson William Smith. David 
Fanning, Hugh Smith and Isaac Overturn were made 
executors. Witnesses to the will were Mary Babcock, 
James Fanning and Hannah Fanning. 

♦ Vide Griffin'i Journal, by Augustus Griffin, Orient, L. I., 1857, pp. 52, 1 1 1. 

fTown, County and Court records of L. I. and Conn, prove him to have 
been of the town of Southold in 1751, 1753, 1755. I7^» "764» »7^7 a"«l 
1768, and of the town of lirookhaven in 1765, 1773 and 1775. 

; Vide note on p. 13S. 

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His widow ilicti loScpl., iS(»j,:i^nl 74 years, 1 nioiUli 
and 19 days. 

Thomas Fanning left a name for honesty, integrity and 
fair dealing, and his death was regretted as much by his 
political opponents as by his own party. 
Issue : 
!- 99. I. Daviu^ b. in Soiithoid, L. I., 19 Sept., i7S2.» 
100. II. Marv^ b. in Soiitliold, L. I., ; m. at 

John Hosmer, and had s. Thomas Hos- 
mer, b. 9 Dec, 1772 (N. i:. His. and Con. Register, 
Vol. IX., p. 173), and perhaps other ch. 
loi. Ill, SoLOMY^ b. in SouihoKl, L. I. 

102. IV. JaijI/V\ b. inSoiithuld, L. I., about 1761 ; m.atSouth- 
ohl, h. I., 16 Oct., I 776, John Smith of Mastic, L. I., 
eklcst s. of Judge William and Mary (Smith) Smith, 
b. 12 Feb., 1756, and is commonly called General 
Smith. Judge William Smith was s. of Daniel Smith, 
of Smithtown, and resided upon the paternal estate 
at Mastic, was County Judge of Court of Common 
Pleas, a member of the First Provincial Congress, and 
held other important ofnces. He m. for 2d wife a 
sister of Gen. Nathaniel Woodhull, and d. 17 March, 

General Smith was a man of prominence in politi- 
cal affairs, and was in public life for more than thirty 
years. He was a member of the New York Legisla- 
ture from 1784 to 1799, and in 1788 of the Conven- 
tion which adopted the Constitution of the United 

• Tliis ilatc is obl.iincil from an old Fanning Hiblc printed in 1599, now in 
;>..->cssion of Miss Ella C. Clark, Grecnport, L. I. The record therein reads: 
•• March 16, A. i>. 1S12. Then departed this life Father David Fanning a^ed 
50 years — monihs five — 27 dnys." This would make the date of his birth 19 
Sep:., 1752. Some descendants, however, claim that he was born 20 May, 
1752. Headstone at Sterling Cemetery read.?: "died March 12, 1812, a. 60/* 

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Slates. In 1799 he was elected a Representative in 
Congress, and in 1804 was cliosen a United States 
Senator to succeed DeWitt Clinton. General Smith 
was a supporter of the administration policy in re- 
gard to the difficulties with Great Britain which 
culminated in the War of 1S12. His colleague during 
most of the time that he was in the upper branch of 
Congress was the celebrated J)r. Samuel Latham 
Mitchill. On General Smith's retirement from the 
Senate in 18 cj he was appointed by President Madi- 
son United States Marshal for the District of New 
York, and held that office at the time of his death. 

He m. for 2d w., in 1785, Elizabeth, dau. of Zeph- 
aniah l*Iatt, of Pouglikeepsie, N. Y. ; m. 3d, in Oct., 
1792, Kli/aheth WoodhuH Nicoll, widow of Henry 
Nicoll, and only child of Gen. Nathaniel Woodhull 
of Revolutionary fame. 

Lydia d. at St. George's Manor, L. I., 6 June, 1777. 
He d. at St. George's Manor, L. I., 25 June, 1816. 
I. William S-Mn-H, b. 7 April, 1777; m. Hannah 
Carman, dau. of Samuel Carman, of Fire 
Place, L. I. He was owner of and resided 
on the estate of his ancestors at Mastic or 
Sabonnack and Smith Point, L. I. 
Issue : 
I. LYDL^ SMrm, m. David G. Floyd, of 

11. Egbert T. SMrrH, of St George's Manor. 

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39. PHINEAS*FANNING, b. 1724, (James\ Tliomas^ 
m. ist, in town of Southold, L. I., 12 Jan., 1748-9, 

Mehitabel Wells, 
dau. of Solomon and Esther (Wells) Wells, 
and b. at Northvillc, L. I., 7 Oct, 1729. 

She d. at Franklinville, L. I., 4 June, 1778, a. 48 years, 
7 months, 28 days, and is bur. at Jamesport. 
He m. 2d, at 14 Feb., 1779 

Mrs. Mary Hubbard, 
dau. of 

and widow of John Hubbard, a merchant of Mattituck. 
She was b. at Southold town, L. I. 
At the time of her marriage to Col. Phincas Fanning 
she had three ch. : John, Tl\omas and Mary Hubbard. 
Mary afterwards m. an Ely. 

Col. Phincas Fanning, fourth son of Capt. James and 
Hannah (Smith) Planning, was born at Smithtown, Suf- 
folk Co., L. I., 2 Aug., 1724. His early life was passed 
on his father's farm at Riverhead. On the 12th of Jan., 
1748-9, he married Mehitabel Wells, daughter of Solo- 
mon and Esther (Wells) Wells. She died at Franklin- 
ville, L. I., in 1778, and he married for his second wife, 
Mrs. Mary Hubbard, widow of John Hubbard, a mer- 
chant of Mattituck. 

Phineas Fanning early settled in that part of the town 
of Southold which grew into the village of Franklinville, 
and is now called Laurel, where he built his homestead 
in 1762, and where he resided the rest of his life. 

Phineas Fanning served in the French and Indian War 
in 1746-7. His name appears on the muster-roll of a 
company of one hundred men raised by Capt. James 
Fanning, in July, 1746, to serve in an expedition against 
Canada. He appears as lieutenant in Capt. James Fan- 

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ning's company in the ist Battalion (foot) mustered in 
for thirty-one days' service from 25 Oct., 1747- 

In 1763 we find a record of his appointment as a Jus- 
tice of the Peace for his native county. At the time of 
the breaking out of hostih'ties between England and the 
American Colonies in 1775 ^^ ^^^ ^^ ^^ commission 
from George in. as colonel in the militia. On the xoth of 
April, at a public meeting held in the County Court 
House, he was chosen a deputy to represent Suffolk Co. 
in the Provincial Convention called to elect members to 
the First Continental Congress to sit at Philadelphia. 
The Fanning Family at that time was large and influen- 
tial, and with the Wickhams (to whom they were rebted 
by intermarriage), controlled many of the positions of 
trust in Suffolk Co., civil and military. Tliey were promi- 
nent leaders in their party, which had the management 
of the legal organizations, and the appointment and order- 
ing of elections. Thomas Wickliam, whose brother John 
had married Hannah Fanning, sister of Col. Phineas 
Fanning, was also elected a deputy. Both were opposed 
to sending a representative to the Continental Congress, 
and when they found themselves in the minority they re- 
tired from the Convention which had assembled in New 

The fact that Col. Fanning was elected to the New 
York Convention by the patriots would indicate that he 
was thought by them at that time to favor tlie cause of the 
Colonies, though his action in leaving the Convention 
must have created suspicion. Col. Fanning's position in 
regard to the difliculties was probably the same as that 
of many of his friends and neighbors in his station in the 
community. That he deplored the injustice and oppres- 
sion of the British Ministry there can be no doubt ; but 
having lived to past middle life a loyal subject, and having 
received a commission from the crown, he was reluctant 

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lo <;isl dH* his ;illof;i:iiiir. Two <if liis brollirrs, one son, 
and many of his inlhicntial family conneciions maintaincil 
the royal side. On the oihcr hand two sons, and a ma- 
jority of his neijs'lihors ardently supported the patriot 
cause. There were strong appeals to him from both 
elements which were ecpially dillicult to resist. Tlicn, too, 
there was a period of ;;reat uncertainty in the first part 
of the war as to which of the contending forces would 
prevail. The Continentals were in the ascendant in the 
region in wliich he lived until the battle of I-ong Island, 
which event seemed to a conservative mind for the mo- 
ment to be decisive. But the patriots soon recovered 
their power in tlie outlying districts. All these circum- 
stances sufficiently account for Col. Fanning's apparent 
hesitancy in allying himself to the cause of the Continen- 
tal forces. 

Col. Phineas Fanning was appointed one of the muster 
masters of the troops to be raised in Suffolk County, on 
the Sth of July, 1775,* and on the 7th of Aug., Congress 
ordered Gen. Wooster to send four companies from his 
camp at Harlem, to guard the stock at the east end of 
Long Island, and to be under the command of Col. Fan- 

On the 29th of .Aug., 1776, Col. Fanning was desig- 
nated by Col. Josiah Smith, in his camp at Brooklyn, to 
be the bearer of the orders to him from the Convention 
of New York. { These orders related to the evacuation 
of Brooklyn by the American troops there in consequence 
of the result of the battle of Long Island. This contest 
for a time gave the British the ascendancy on the Island. 

♦ ViJe Revolutionary Incidents of Suflfolk and Kings Counties, by Henry 
OnilcrdonU, Jr., New York, 1S49, p. 19. t Ibid., p. 20. X Ibid., p. 36. 

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A proclaiiKition was iiiiiiicilintcly isMicil by l^ri|;,-(K-ii. 
Erskitic, in llie name of Gen. Howe, warning tlie inhabi- 
tants to submit, and take the oath of allegiance to the 
Government ; and on the ist of Sept. another appeared 
signed by Maj.-Gen. Oliver Delancy of the militia, to the 
same purport. The compliance seems to have been quite 
general. Col. Fanning was directed by Delancy to order 
the King's captains to call their companies together to 
take the oath, and Southold met by his order.* The cat- 
tle on Montauk were driven to Gen. Erskine's camp, and 
loyalists began to enlist under Gen. Howe's banner.f 

Hut the patriots soon rallied, and in Oct. Col. Fanning 
and other disaflected influential persons were apprehended 
by the New York authorities. It appears, however, that 
they were paroled soon aftcr,J and it would seem tliat 
Col. Fanning took no further active part in the contest, 
and lived quietly at his home until peace was declared. 

Col. Phineas Fanin'ng's farm was a strip of land extend- 
ing from Peconic Bay to Long Island Sound, covering a 
territory about four miles long and one-half mile wide. 
It is now the property of the heirs of Simeon B. and Ed- 
ward Fanning, sons of Israel Fanning. 

In his younger days he was master of a ship, and on his 
cruises brought home much furniture, many beautiful sets 
of china-ware, large punch-bowls with Chinese figures, 
etc., from Europe. He kept open house and entertained 
in good style for the early days, and when he died he is 
said to have expired in the arms of a favorite servant who 
survived him many years. 

Col. Fanning was a man greatly respected in the com- 
munity, and of wide influence in the region in which he 
lived. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church at 
Southold, which church was one of tlie oldest on Long 
Island, and was established in Oct., 1640. 

♦ Vide Revolulionary Ihculcnts, etc., p. 46. t Il»iJ- t Il>"l-t !>• 5^« 

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Solomon Wells, father of Phineas Fanning's first wife, 
Mchitable Wells, was a judge of Northvillc, L, I., a man 
of piety and wealth, and grandson of Rev. William Wells 
of Norwich, England. 

Phineas Fanning died at West Hampton, L. I., 2 June, 
X796, in his 72d year, and was buried at Jamesport 
(Lower Aqnebogue), L. I. His will, recorded at River- 
head, dated 30 May, 1796, proved at Brookhaven, 23 
Sept., following, mentions daughters Esther Hudson and 
Mchitable Jaggcr. He named as executors Henry Hud- 
son and Enoch Jaggcr. In his will he made provision to 
free his negro slave, Comus, after that year's ser\'ice. 
Convjs afterwards adopted the name Comus Fanning, 
end went to live on Shelter Island, where he died in 1831, 
leaving will dated 2 June, that year, mentioning in said 
will his wife Di'lo and daughter Julia. 

Pliincas Fanning's widow, Mary Hubbard Fanning, 
died iS Sept., 1S06, in her 71st year, and is buried at 
Mattituck, L. I. Her will, recorded at Riverhead, dated 
22 July, 1S06, proved 8 Oct., 1S06, mentions son John 
Hubbard, to whom she gave all her right and title to 
Horton*s Neck, so called ; son Thomas Hubbard, to whom 
she gave the farm he then lived on, and which she pur- 
ciiased of the administrator of Thomas Wines; son 
Thomas Hubbani's wife Mar}*, and sons Hector, William 
and Wines ; daughter Mary Ely ; and three granddaugh- 
ters, LyiliA I lublKird, Harriet Hubbard and Nancy Rogers. 
Issue by first unfc : 
. ::?3. I. PHIXE.VS*, b. at Aquebogue, in the locality that was 

af:er\vard the village of Franklinville, and is now 

LaureU L. L, 6 .\ug., \ 750. 
10^. ::, E>nn.K\ K ui Aouchogue, I^ I., [bap. 

30 .\ug,» 1752]; ni. ist, 17 Dec. 1775, William 

Pri-'un of Shelter Island, and had issue, among whom 

WAS Wjiii.rn lUown, Jr., h. about 1777, and who 

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became a cabinet-maker and res* at New Bedford.* 
Esther m. ad, Henry Hudson of Soythold, and had 

Henry, Joseph, Jemima, Esther and Mehitable, 
+ 105. in. Nathaniel*, b. at Aquebogue, L. I., 22 March, 1755. 
+ 106. IV. Barclay*, b. at Aquebogue, L. I., about 1757. 

107. V. William*, b. at Aquebogue, L. I., [bap. 

29 July, 1 764]. No further record. 

108. VL MEHrrABLE*, b. at Aquebogue, L. I., 4 June, 1770 ; m. 

at West Hampton, L. I., 29 March, 1788, Enoch 
Jagger of West Hampton, a farmer, b. 23 Aug., 1767. 
She d. 13 Jan., 1799, a. 29 yrs. 
He d. 5 July, 1856, a. 88 yrs., 10 mos., 12 ds. 
Issue, b. at West Hampton, Z. /./ 
I. Harriei- Jagger, b. 3 Feb., 1789; m. William 

Raynor of West Hampton, 
n. Hannah Jagger, b. i May, 1792 ; m.John Coop- 
er of Quogue, L. I., and removed to Michigan. 

III. Stephen J agger, b. 25 Aug., 1793 ; ni. Mary 

Marsh of Sugar Grove, Warren Co., Penn. 

IV. Elizabeth Jagger, b. 25 April, 1796; m. at 
West Hampton, L.I., about 1814, Dr. Thomas 
Osborn of Riverhead, L. I., and had issue : 
Mary E., b. 29 June, 1816 ; T. Gilbert, b. 15 
Oct., 1820 ; D. Harrison, b. 13 Aug., 1S22 ; 
Helen C. H., b. 13 Jan., 1831 ; Delia H., b. 
II Sept., 1836. 

V. Enoch Fanning Jagger, b. 4 Nov., 179S; m. 

Phebe ConkJin of Cutchogue, L. I. 

*Thc Mattituck L. L Church Records read as follows: " William Conkliu 
of Shelter Island and Esther Fanning of Southold *' were married "Dec. 17, 
1775." According to Mailman, — "Shelter Island and its Church," 
— there was no William Conklin an inhabiiaut of Shelter Island at that time, 
but there was a William Brown and wife; hence the probability of an error 
in entering the Church Record by the recording minister. 

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40. WILLIAM^ FANNING, b. 1728, (//////^i«, Thomas', 

m. in Brunswick Co., Va., 7 March, 1765, 

Mrs. Mary Tazewell, 
dau. of Col. Joseph and Sarah (Simmons) Gray of South- 
ampton Co., Va., and widow of Littleton Tazewell, clerk 
of Brunswick Co., Va. 
She was b. in Southampton Co., Va., 10 Feb., 1734. 

Rev. William Fanning, fourth son of Capt. James and 
Hannah (Smith) Fanning, the first of the name on Long 
Island, and great-grandson of Edmund Fanning, Senior, 
the American ancestor, was bom at Smithtown, L. L, 26 
Oct., 1728. He was an Episcopal clergyman, and was 
ordained in I-ondon on the loth of March, 1754, by the 
Bishop of Gloucester, at the Palace and at the request of 
the Bishop of London. He' located almost immediately 
in Virginia, and was at once put in charge of one or more 
of the churches in what was then a part of Brunswick 
County, but which became in 1781 Greensville County. 
On March 7th, 1765, he married Mrs. Mary Tazewell, 
widow of Littleton Tazewell, and daughter of Col. Joseph 
Gray of Southampton County, Virginia, who was a man 
of great worth and high standing. The Hon. Henry 
Tazewell, twice President of the Senate of the United 
States, was the son, and Gov. Littleton Walter Tazewell 
was the grandson of this lady. 

Rev. William Fanning's name appears on the records 
of Brunswick County as early as 1768, and frequently 
thereafter, until the year 1 780. Mr. and Mrs. Fanning 
had an only child, a daughter Mary, who married her 
cousin, John Wickham. 

The Rev. William Fanning died at his residence in 
Greensville County, Virginia, on the 12th of May, 17S2. 

His widow died in Brunswick County, at the residence 
of Col. John Flood Edmunds, in x868. They were buried 
in Brunswick. 

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Ilis will (I:itcd 5 April (:iikI cudicil ilitcci 10 Aiiril) 
17S2, proved 25 July, same year, v^ recorded atnoiij; the 
Greensville County Court Records at liniporin, Virginia, 
and mentions (herein his wife, daughter, nephew John 
Wickham, brothers and sisters, and half-sister. Miss Tollic 
Gray, friend William Nevison, Miss Elizabeth Scott, Rev. 
Mr. Lundic, Minister of the Parish, and his faithful 
negroes. He appointed as his executors Rev. Thomas 
Lundic, Col. John Flood Edmunds, Mr. Henry Tazewell 
and Mr. John Nevison. 

The following is extracted from a letter written in 1SS4 
by a great-grandson of Rev. Mr. Fanning, and published 
in The Southern Churchman, 4 Dec, lliat year : 

"At this distance of time it would be impossible to ob- 
tain much information about one, who I have no doubt 
discharged faithfully tiie duties of a i|uiel 'country 
son,' but I have a copy of his will which was proved at 
Greensville Co. Court July 25th, 1782, and of which the 
Rev. Thomas Lundie was one of the executors, the other 
executor who qualified being Col. John Flood Ed- 
munds, who married Miss Lucy Gray, the sister of Mrs. 
Fanning ; and from that will I infer that he was a just 
man and a good friend of the Church, because one of the 
first items directs * I wish and desire my executors to cal- 
culate what would be due to the minister of this Parish 
from my estate according to the former custom of Parish 
levies and to pay it as soon as possible to the Rev. Mr. 
Lundie' ; that he was a good and humane man, because 
he gives special directions for looking aAer the care and 
comfort of his slaves and manumits some of them by 
name being, I presume, just those whom he thought to 
to be in a condition to be benefitted by their freedom ; 
and lastly, that he was thoroughly a Christian for none 
other could have conceived the following beautiful senti- 
ments extracted from his will : — * How ardently do I wish 
that my dear little daughter may have early engrafted on 
her mind the meek and lowly graces of the Christian and 
that she may be taught to live under a lively conviction 

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that she can have no rational hopes of either present or 
future felicity, but from a conscientious discharge of her 
duty and the well grounded hopes of the divine appro- 
bation.' " • 

109. I. Mary SMrrn', b. in Brunswick, 25 Sept., 1775 ; m. in 
Brunswick, 24 Dec, 1 791, John Wickham,s. of John 
and Hannah (Fanning) Wickham (No. 47, q. v. on 
p. 105), her first cousin and b. at Cutchogue, L. I., 
6 June, 1763. He was an eminent lawyer and advo- 
cate. They resided at Richmond, Va., where she d. 
1 Feb., 1 799, leaving issue two sons who m. sisters. 
He m. 2d, Elizabeth Selden McCIurg, and d. at Rich- 
mond, 22 Jan., 1839. 

Issue by first wife: 
I. William Fannlsg Wicj.ham, b, in Richmond, Va., 
23 Nov., 1 793 ; m. at Shirley, Va., by the Right- 
Rev. Richard Channing Moore, Bishop of Va., 
9 Dec, 1 81 9, Anne Carter, dau. of Robert Car- 
ter of Shirley on the James River, and his wife 
Mary, dau. of Gen. Thomas Nelson, a signer of 
the Declaration of Independence. Anne Carter 
was b. 27 June, 1797, and d. 25 Feb., 1S68. 

William Fanning Wickham d. at his residence 
at Hickory Hill, Hanover Co., Va,, 31 July, 
1880, having issue : 

I. WiLLLAMS Carter Wickham, b. in Richmond, 
21 Sept., 1820; m. IT Jan., 1848, Lucy 
Pcnn Taylor, granddaughter of Col. John 
Taylor of Caroline, Va., and his wife, Lucy 
Penn, dau. of John Penn, a signer of the 
Declaration of Independence. They resided 

' Vide copy of Will in Appendix K, 

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at Hickory Hill, in Hanover Co., Va. He d. 
in Richmond, Va., 23 July, i Z'^Z^ having issue 
Henry Taylor, Anne Carter, Julia Leiper, 
and Col. William Fanning Wickham. 

II. John Wickham, b. 7 Jan., 1822 ; d. 6 Jan., 

1847, without issue. 
II. Edmund Fanning Wickham, b. at Richmond, Va., 
30 July, 1796 ; m. at Shirley, Va., Lucy Carter, 
dau. of Robert Carter of Shirley, a sister of 
his brother's wife. She was b. 3 Feb., 1 799, and 
d, in Jan., 1835. He d. 25 Sept., 1843, They 
are bur. at Rocky Mills, Hanover Co., Va. 
I. Robert Carter Wickham, b. 21 Nov., 1823, 
a surgeon in the U, S. Army, d. at Vera 
Cruz, 13 May, 1847. 
n. Judge John Wickium of Missouri, b. 28 .April, 
1825 ; d. 13 Oct., 1892. 

III. W. Leigh Wickham of St. Louis, b. 22 May, 

1828 ; d. 3 Oct., 1889, without issue. 

IV. W1LLIA.M Fanning Wickham, b. 10 March, 

1830; d. II May, 185 1, without issue. 
V. Marv Fanning Wickham, b. 17 April, 1831 ; 
d. 16 Sept., 1875. Intermarried with Ju- 
lius T. Porches Col. South Carolina Vols., 
killed at batde of Missionary Ridge. 
VI. Lucy Carter Wickham, b. 27 Dec, 1834. 
Intermarried with George H. Byrd ; now 
living at 69 Park Ave., New York. 

(For further account of the Wickham Family, see 
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44. GILBERT* FANNING, b. 1733, (/'//w*. Tlwmas'', 

m. at Stonington, Conn., by Rev. Nathaniel 
Eells, 25 Dec, 1753, 

Huldah Palmer, 
dau. of Dr. Nathan and Phcbc (Billings) Palmer, 
and b. at Stonington, Conn., 23 Jan., 1736-7. 

Gilbert Fanning, sixth son of Capt. James and Hannah 
(Smith) Fanning, was born in Siiflblk Co., L- I., in 1733. 
He removed to and settled in Stonington, Conn., the 
home of his grandfather and his ancestors about 1752 or 
'53. The first record that \vc find of him in that town is 
the date of his marriage, 25 Dec, 1753, to Huldah Pal- 
mer, daughter of Dr. Nathan and Phebe (Billings) Palmer, 
of Stonington. Gilbert Fanning was " of Stonington " at 
that time, thus proving an earlier residence there. On 
the loth of June, 1754, Capt. James Fanning for the 
"love and good will*' that he bore his son, Gilbert Fan- 
ning of Stonington, deeded him his house, mill and seven 
acres of land situated on Wequetequock River in that 
town. James Fanning had purchased this property in 
1 734 of Samuel Yeoman, Sr., but there is no evidence 
that he resided on it except for a very brief period in 
1752 or '53. On the contrary he was living in the town 
of Southold, L. I., and in the City of New York between 
1734 and 1752. In the deed from Yeoman to Fanning 
mention is made of "ye New mill & ye New Dwelling 
House that formerly belonged unto fergust McDowell 
late of said Stonington deceased." The site of this mill 
can be located at the present time. The inference from 
the foregoing deed is that the mill and dwelling-house 
were built by Fergus McDowell, who was a prominent 
man and successful trader of that period. We presume 
that Gilbert Fanning occupied this property until 1 760 
or '61. In July, 1761, we find him living at " Stonington 

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Long PbinV' on which date he pmchised a new home 
and lot there from Elihu Chesebroogh. The house was 
located on the west side of the main thoiottgh&rey near 
the corner of what is now Union street, and still remains 
in a good state of preservation. 

Soon afterward he sold his Weqoetequock property to 
his brother, Thomas Fanning, and he in torn sold it, S3 
Ang^ X765, to Aaron Fish. Gilbert Fanning resided in 
his newly purchased house at Stonington Long Point the 
rest of his life except the last year or two when he lived 
in a house that was formerly his son Wflliam's. 

Gilbert Fanning's name appears frequently on the 
Stonington records of deeds in the purchase and sale of 
real estate. One of his acquisitions was the Deacon Wil- 
liam Morgan turn of 70 acres at ICistnxet in the South 
Society of Stonington, which he purchased of Joseph 
Morgan, 3 Sept, 1778, for ;^3oo. He did not reside on 
this &rm, however,* but rented or leased it until it was 
taken from him on an execution in finror of William 
Chesdxough, 3d, 17 April, 1789.1 Another land acquisi- 
tion was a piece of property consisting of about 54 acres 
on Qnaquataug Hill that he bought of the administrators 
of Thomas Williams's estate in 1783, being land now 
owned by Miss Emma C Smith. Gilbert Fanning sold 
this property the same year to William Denason, ad, Isaac 
Williams and Josiah Grant Hewitt! This land was bought 

' •Tbtie b a prandllag id«a thst Cabsit Fkaaiag midad on this Mlshnet 
propcfty, bat tbcia b ao eridenca to mpport it On the ooatiavf tiis Stoa* 
iagtoa Records prove that lie wee Kviag at Stoaingtoa Loof Foiat in Us 
gMdxel-coof hoose from 1761 to 17959 and poaaSbiy sp to neertj 1801. The 
fdOoariiCieeofded deeds at Stoniagtoa tiaee tiie owMiihip of dM GObcft 
Faaaiag gambrd-coof hoaie and lot on the Main atreet* from the tuae of ita 
purchaaa by him ta 1761 down to 1900: Stomnatoa Decda» Book vu^ p^ 341; 
Book OL. p. 355; Book jxa^ pp. 191, 443* 444* S^l Book nv^ p. 581; 
Book T9^ pp. 37a, 433; Book xxx^ p. 156; Book izznL, p. ite; Book 
zxxvni^p.60; Book XLVl^ p. 339. 
t^toafaiftOB Deeds, Book n.* p> 68. 
tlhid^ Book Z^ pp. 396b 499; Book ».. p. i40» 

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as a specalation only, and GQbert did not buOd or reside 
on it Thomas Williams was killed at the Fort Gris- 
wold massacre, 6 Sept, lySi. His estate was insolvent 
and his land was sold to pay his debts. Thomas Wil- 
liams's house stood a few rods west of this lot that Gil- 
bert Fanning purchased and was exacdy 55 rods south- 
southwest from Miss Emma C* Smith's house as it stands 
to-day. The building went down many years ago, and 
nothing now remains but the cellar-hole.* 

At the breaking out of hostilities between the colonies 
and the mother country Gilbert Fanning warmly espoused 
the cause of the patriots* He was in the commissary line, 
and was active in providing and supplying the army under 
Washington. Gilbert's two brothers, Edmund and Thom- 
as, were royalists, however, and as actively engaged in 
furthering the interests of his Brittanic Majesty. 

Gilbert Fanning was a prominent man of his time, and 
held many positions of trust and honor in the town of 
Stonington. He was a selectman in the years 1780 and 
'8x. He reared a large &mily, nearly every member of 
which achieved distinction. It is said that he was a car- 
penter in early life, as well as a mechanic and builder, 
and was interested in repairing tiie meeting-house in 
1782, with 
which church 
he was con- 
nected. One 
source of 
profit tohim, Agp 50 (1783) 

his connection with his sons in their foreign and West 

erestea m repainng me meenng-nouse m 


* Another erroneous impreirion is that this ceIkr>ho]e is the site of the 
dweUing-housc of Edmund Fanning, Senior. 

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Indian trading bosiness, which extended round the worid, 
to the ports of China, Japan, and to the South Sea Islands. 
He died intestate at Stonington, Conn., 18 Dec., t8oi, 
aged 69 years, and was buried in a private cemetery called 
the Robinson Burying Ground, on Broad street, near 
Water, in that Borough. 

His widow died and was buried at New Rochelle, N. Y., 
in Deo, 1813, aged 75 years. Her inscription is on the 
monument in the aforementioned burying ground at Ston- 
ington. Conn. 

Issue ^ reeorded at Stonington : 
+ X10. I. NATHANnL^ b. at Stonington, Conn., 31 May, 1755. 
III. IL GiLBBBT*, b. at Stonington, Conn., 30 Jan., 1757. 

He never married. He resided at Stonington. In 
Onderdonk's Revolutionary Incidents of Suflfolk and 
Kings Counties, p. 89, appears the following notice 
of Gilbert under the head of ''Petitions of Suflblk 
County Refugees in Connecticut'*: "April 24^ 1780, 
Gilbert Fanning, Jr., a nephew of li. Palmer, at 
Stonington, wants to return to L. I. to settle about 
land in Stonington, which his grand&ther F. left to 
his iather (at his death in June, last), also to get 
power of attorney from Phineas and Jas. F., at South- 
old, to dispose of estate of Richard F., who died 8 
years ago in North Carolina, and left a children who 
died lately." 

Gilbert Fanning, like his father and brothers, early 
became an ardent supporter of the colonies at the 
breaking out of the Revolutionary War. While on a 
cruise in the private armed schooner ''Weasel,"* he 
and his younger brother, Thomas, were captured by 
the British, taken to New York, and confined on board 
the Jersey Prison Ship, where, after an unfortunate 
attempt to escape, he died in 178a, and was buried 

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on the shores of the Wallaboiit, with other hapless 

^ TUi priioa lUp was origiaallj m Britisli risty-fov-gm maB-of-wary wUdi, 
bcbf aafit for ftrvka^ was dJnnaiitkd and moQKd ia tiM Wallaboaty when 

\ Brooklyn l^vrj Yard Is skaated* and thtre wad as a prisoa lor cap- 

\ were life Frisoa Sh^ ia the WaUaboet Bqr dnfa^ the latter part 
oftheltsvQlatioMqrWar: the Jcne7,theJoha,theScor|Moa,theSlrasBholo» 
and the Healer. The kife aaaiber ol ptiaoaeiB eoafiaed in the Jcnej 
(sosMtfaaes cfver a thoeaaad) aad their terrible saeeilu f s, have avde her 
aoof the Prisoa SMpa. Her crew eowiiited of a 
» m steward* a cookt and aboot a dosea sailocB. She had 
also a geard ol twehre aMriiics» and aboet thirtj soMcn drafted liroai the 
British aad Hesriaa troops encaatprd on Loog Istaad. ^ 

UawhoksoBW food, fool airt iOth aad despoadeaqr sooa prodaced c 
of the okmK flHlifaaaC natare aamig the prisoners; dyscatcr] 
aad prison fever being the most prevaleaiu For waat of proper sMdical at- 
teadaace the prisoners of the Jersey died by scores. No systematic rifosta 
were made for thdr relief; and* becanse of the contagioes natare of the 
I ever visited them to bestow a word of consolation or a 

y in msww ol sh, the prisoners rscelved thdr dkdiy mtioBS 
I of moaldy biscait» damaged peas, condemned beef aad porfc, 
I and ftoar, aad a little rsndd saet, bet aever any vegitobiss. Every 
; they fatoeght ap their boding from the hold to be alrad,and after 
\ the dedm, they were sBowed to rcamin above aatfl saasr t, whea they 
were ocdevsd below with the wvagecoanaand,*' Down, rebds, down." The 
hetchm were thea doset aad they \Kf down to sleep la the stUBag heat and 
peliidalr. Everyamalagthcy were salated with, the orders "RdMliitara 
oat yov dead.* -The dead weie selected ftom the Ihriag; each sewed ia his 
: Qi helmd one), conveyed to the shore la a boat by his companions 
rm geard, aoid hastily beried. So shallow were the ffmvcs of the dead 
OB the shorm of the WaUahoat^ that while the Jcmey wea jet semBng forth 
her victim^ the acdoaol the wavea aad the driftfaig of the looee saad oftea 
eiqiosed the boacs ol msny ol those beried there. . 

Maay attcaipts at escape were audc^ some soccessfal aad some dlsastrons^ 
as eadi attempt drew the beads of captivity c]oeer,andl the aame Hill waa 
amd ae a syauaym for the Jersey Prisoa Ship. 

For amny yearn after the war ao attempt was OMde to pi e str v s the bones 
of the ami^rred patriots who thas perished. Oa the loth ol Febraaiy, 1803, 

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2. A canvas awning or tent, used by the guards in warm 


3. The Quarter-deckf with its barricado about ten feet high, 

with a door and loop-holes 00 each side. 

4. The Ship's OflBcers' Cabm, under the Quarter-deck. 

5. Accommodatioii-laddery 00 the starboard side, for the use 

of the ship's officers. 

6. The Steerage, occupied by the sailors belonging to the ship. 

7. The Cook-room for the ship's crew and guards. 

8. The Sutler's-i'oom, where articles were sold to the prison- 

ers, and delivered to them through an opening in 
the bulkhead. 
9* The Upper«deck and Spar-deck, where the prisoners were 
occasionally allowed to walk. 

10. The' Gangway-ladder, on the larboard side, for the prisoners. 

11. The.Deririck, on the starboard side, ibr taking in water, 

etc., etc. 

12. The Galleyi or Great Copper, under the forecastle, where 

. the provisions were cooked for the prisoners. 

13. The Gun-room, occupied by those prisoners who were 


14. 15. Hatchways leading below, where the prisoners were 


17, 18. Between-decks, where the prisoners were confined by 

19. The-Bowsprit 

20. Chain Cables, by which the ship was moored. 

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His father was appointed by the Probate Court 
adiiiinislrator of his estate, 19 June, 1782. It was • 
inventoried at Stonington, 23 July following ^346- 
0-7, and consisted of real estate and a brge amount of 
movable estate. 
112. in. WifxiAM*, b. at Stonington, Conn., 6 Oct., 1758. He 
never m., and res. at Stonington. Like his brothers 
he followed the sea, and was engaged in trade with 
the West Indies, and was known as Capt. William , 
Fanning. He purchased a house and lot in Stonington t 
Long Point of his father, Gilbert Fanning, i April, 
1778, for ^390, which lot Gilbert had bought of 
William Chesebrough, 2d, on the 31 June, 1772, and 
had built a house thereon. He was lost at sea on the 
3 Jan., T780, in the 22d year of his age, on a return 
trip from the West Indies. 

a memorial was presented to Congress on iKhaU of lh« Tanimnny Society of 
New York City, soliciting a tomb for the martyred dead of the Wallaliout. 
The prayer of the petition was not granted. The Tammany Society resumed 
the consirleration of the subject in 1807, appointed a coimnittee, and on the 
13th of April, 180S, the corner-stone of a vault for the reception of the re- 
mains was laid with imposing ceremonies upon land situated on the south- 
western verge of the Navy Yard, Brooklyn. On the 26th of May following a 
grand funeral procession, formed of societies and citizens of New York and 
Brooklyn marched to the vault, and there, in the presence of llfteen thousand 
people, thirteen cofHns filled with bones collected from the shore of the \Val* 
labout, were deposited. The total number of American prisoners who per- 
ished cannot be ascertained. At the time of the interment in iSoS it was 
estimated that more than eleven thousand American prisoners had died on 
board the Prison Ships. 

(Vide "Recollections of the Jersey Prison Ship, from the original 
manuscripts of Capt. Thomas Dring, one of the prisoners"; "The Ad- 
ventures of Christopher Hawkins, containing details of his Captivity/' 
etc., etc.; " Martyrs to the Revolution in the IJritish Prison Ships in 
the Wallabout Bay"; "The Old Jersey Captive, or a narrative of the 
Captivity of Thomas Andros on Ijoard the Jersey Prison Ship"; "Ad- 
ventures of Ebene/er Fox in the Revolutionary War"; and other works 
on the subject.) 

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The following incinorial, dated 22 May, 1781, was ; 
presented by Gilbert Fanning to the General Asscm- ' 
bly of the State of Connecticut at Hartford : 

'*To the Hona Genl Assembly of the State of Con- 
necticut now setting at Hartford in sd State. 

"The Memorial of Gilbert Fanning of Stonington in 
the County of New London humbly sheweth that Wil- 
liani Fanning, son of your memorialist, sailed from the 
Harbor of sd Stonington Master of a vessel about the 
i7rh of October 1779, bound to a French port in the 
West Intlics : That sometime in December following 
your Memorialist's sd son sailed from sd port in the 
West Indies on his return home which your Memo- 
rialist was sufficiently informed & assured of by the 
crew of a vessel which sailed from sd place in com- 
pany vvith said William Fanning in said December 
and was taken and carried to Europe. That on or 
about the second day of January following being in 
the year 1 7S0 a vessel bound from Stonington to the 
West Indies being at sea saw a vessel not being nigh 
enough to speak with which from her size and ap- 
pearance they supposed to be the vessel of which 
your memorialist's said son was master, and on the 
night following the said 2d day of January there was 
a severe storm in which the said vessel lost all her 
horses &c oft' her deck, and with great toyl danger 
and distress the said vessel was saved, and in which 
storm there is great reason to suspect that your 
Memorialist's son and vessel were lost, as they have not 
been heard of since, and your memorialist begs leave 
to represent to your House that his said son has left 
a real estate consisting of a house and lot at Stoning- 
ton point and sundry valuable articles of personal 
estate, and notwithstanding my said son has been lost 
and missing about 17 or 18 months and there is no 
person in the vicinity who have any belief of his be- 
ing yet alive. Yet as there has been no direct evidence 
of his death no measures have been taken to make 
payment of his debts or to setde his estate, and his 
said estate is much on the waste and spoil and no 
person authorized to take charge of the same. Where- 

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fore your Memorialist prays your Hours, to take the 
case into your wise consideration and to order and 
decree that the Court of probate for the district of 
Stonington may grant Letters of Administration on 
said Estate, that the same may be settled in due course 
of law providing if need be that sufficient bond be given 
to said Court to be answerable in case his said son 
should be yet alive, or in such other way grant relief 
as to your Honrs. may seem meet and your Hours. 
Memorialist as in duty bound shall ever pray 
''Dated in Hartford May 22nd 1781. 

"Gilbert Fanking" 

"In the Lower House 

"The Prayer of this Memorial is granted & that a 
bill in form may be brought in accordingly. 
"Jedediah Strong, Qerk" 

"Concurred in the Upper House 

"George Wyllys Sec'y" 

"At a General Assembly of the Gov & Company of 
the State of Connecticut hohien at Hartford on the 
Second Thursday of May Anno Domini 1781 upon 
the Memorial of Gilbert Fanning of Stonington Show- 
ing to this Assembly, that William Fanning Son of 
the Memorialist Sail'd from the harbour of sd Ston- 
ington, Master of a Vessel about the Seventeenth day 
of October 1779 Bound to the West Indies, and has 
not Retum'd, and from various Circumstances recited 
in said Memorial, is probably lost, and that his said 
Son has left a real Estate and sundry Articles of Per- 
sonal Estate &c. And thcreu]X)n praying this As- 
sembly to order that the Court of Probate for the 
District of Stonington may grant I-.etter of Ad minis'* 
on said Estate that the same may be settled accord- 
ing to Law as per Memorial on File. Whereupon 
Resolved by this Assembly that the Court of Probate 


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fi)r ihc Dislrii-t tifStonini^lon lie DlrorU'il, Ami tiu' 
saitl Court is hcrcl)y Directed to Grant Letter ufAtl- 
ministmtion to some (it person on said Instate takinp^ 
Suftlcicnt Bond in the premises to refund ^c in Case 
the said William be living and shall lay claim to his said 
Estate — Passed in the l^ower House. Test Jedidiah 
Strong Clerk Concur'd in the upp'r House. Test 
George Wyllys Sccr'y. A Tnie Copy ICxam'd by 

George Wyllys Secretary." 

Acting under this special act of the Assembly, the 
Probate Court at Stonington appointed Gilbert Fan- 
ning administrator on the estate of his son, Capt. 
William Fanning, 24 June, 1781. His estiite was in- 
ventoried on the 2S June, 1781, ^99-2-0. His 
dwelling house and lot were included in this amount 
at ;^So. 

1 13. IV. James*, b. at Stonington, Corn., 10 Sept., 1760 ; prob- 

ably d. young. 

114, V. HuLDAH^ b. at Stonington, Conn., 19 July, 1762 ; d. 

3 April, 1765, a. 2 yrs., 8 mos., 15 days, and is bur. 
in the Robinson Burying Ground on Broad Street 
at Stonington (g. s.). 
+ 115. VI. Thomas*, b. at Stonington, Conn., 17 May, 1765, 
116. VII, Hin-DAH*, b. at Stonington, Conn., 30 March, 1767 ; 
m. at Stonington, 8 June, 1 788, Dr. Ephraim Wheeler 
of that town and removed to North Carolina, where 
she was living in 1 792.» There appears no record 
of her or her family after that date. One authority 
states, however, she resided near Norfolk, Virginia, 
where her brother, Thomas Fanning (No. 115), 
appeA»-s to have lived for a while. If this statement 
is correct the time would seem to be subsequent to 
her residence in North Carolina. 

• Stonington Dcctls, P»ook Xlfl., p. 68. 

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+ 11 7. VIII. I''i>MtiNi)\ l>. :U Sloiiin;;lois C4)nii.» \(\ July. i76(>. 
4- II 5. IX. Lkmukl l\VLiMKi<'^, b. :il Sloiiii)«;l(>n, Conn., 21 April, 

1 19. X. RicuARD*, I), at Stonington, Conn., 15 July, 1774. He 

was known as Captain Richanl Fanning, and fol- 
lowed the sea. He res. at Slonington when a young 
man, and was living there in 1793, aAer which he 
removed to New York City, where he d. in 1 798. 
On 19 Oct., 1798, Capt. Nathaniel Fanning of Ston- 
ington was appointed administrator of the estate of 
his brother, Capt. Richard Fanning, ivho d. intes- 
tate.* His estate was setded by the Probate Court 
at Stonington, and his inventory, taken 6 May, 1800, 
amounted to ;^33-6-7. 

No record of his marriage is found at Stonington 
or New York City, and it is probable that he never 

120. XI. Phineas*, b. at Stonington, Conn., 22 June, 1776. He 

was living at Stonington in Sept., 1 792,! after which 
time no record of him appears in that town. He 
may have been the Phineas Fanning who was resid- 
ing in Nonvich, N. Y., in 1804, but proof of this is 
not now in evidence, 
+ 121. XH. Henry', b. at Stonington, Conn., 13 April, 1778. 

* Vide Records on file in the Surrogate's Oflice, New York City, recorded 
May I, I799» Book vi., p. 95. 
t Stonington Deeds, Book xiir., p. 68. 

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43. RICHARD* FANNING, b. 1 737, {James^ Thomas\ 
m. at 

dau. of 
and b. at 

Richard Fnnning, ninth child and seventh son of Capt. 
James and Hannah (Smith) Fanning, was born in the 
town of Southold, County of Suffolk, L. I., about 1737. 

Very little is known of him, except that he removed to 
and setded in North Carolina, where he died in 1772 
or 1773, leaving two children who died just previous to 
1780.* A Richard Fanning appears on the land records 
of Anson County, North Carolina, in 1769, 1770 and 
1773. In those years respectively he was granted 300, 
100, and 64 acres of land on Rro.»'n Creek, Dyson Creek, 
and Pcdce River, in that County .f Whether he was the 
Richard Fanning above (No. 45) it is difficult to deter- 
mine, but it would appear likely, and might be proved by 
further research. 

His wife had no doubt deceased prior to his death, for 
his property appears to have been divided among his 
brothers and sisters. 

Issue : 
122. I. (Child*), b. at d. in infancy. 

I : 3. n. (Child-), b. at d, in infancy. 

• Vic* Onderdonk's Revolutionary Incidents of Suffolk and Kings Coun- 
ties, p, S9, par. 707. 

■*• Vide Records of Original Grants as they appear on file in the office of the 
R?^,>tor of Deeds at Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, Book XX., pp. 
533. 5 {.6; Uouic XXI :., p. 24S. 

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46. EDMUND* FANNING, b. 1739, (Janus', Thomas', 
m. in the Province of Nova Scotia, by the Rev. 
Joshua Wingate Weeks, Minister of St. Paul's 
Church at Halifax, 30 Nov., 1785, 

Phcebe Maria Burns,* j 
dau. of 
and b. at 

• Otidertlonk's Revolutionary Incidents of Queens County, p. 247, crro- 
neoasly states that Gen. Edmund Fanning ninrned the daughter of Gov. Tryon. 
Other authorities have fallen into the same error. 

General Edmund Fanning, ll. d., son of Capt. James 
and Hannah (Smith) Fanning, was born in the town of I 
Southold, County of Suffolk, Province of New York, 24 - 
April, 1739- • 

He was a noted loyalist of Revolutionary times, a 
graduate of Yale College in 1757; removed to North 
Carolina, and was prominent in the Regulator troubles of 
that Province; was Trustee and Commissioner of the 
Town of Hillsborough in 1 760, and Representative of the 
County of Orange in the General Assembly ; studied law, 
was admitted to the bar in 1762, and was made Registrar 
of the County of Orange. In 1765 he was appointed ' 
Judge of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, which ! 
position he resigned upon the repeal of the Stamp Act. | 

In 1 771 he removed with Gov. Tryon to New York at I 
his request as his private secretary, and was appointed 
Surrogate-General, and in 1774 Surveyor-General of that : 
Province, the latter office being given him by Lord North j 
in consideration of his losses, sufferings and services dur- ' 
ing the insurrection in North Carolina. 

In 1776 he raised and commanded as colonel a regi- 
ment called the King's American Regiment of Foot, with 

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wliirh In* srrvi-il (Itititi;; llic Urviiliilioii.'iry In 1782 
tliist rcgiiiiciil was placed 011 llic l>rili.sli ICsUiljlishiucnt and 
disbanded at the I'eace in 1 783. 

He then removed to Nova Scotia over which he was 
appointed Licutcnant-CJovernor 24 Feb., 1783 ; was made 
Lieutenant-dovcrnor of Trince Kdward Island in 1786, 
Mnjor-Cleneral in 

the liiilisli Anny ^-^ ^^^^4-^)"^'*^ 
in 1793, Lienlcn- 
ant-licncral in 
1799 and General 
in 1S03. He re- 

tired from the Arc 33 (« 77-') 

yovenuncnl of rrincc ICdward Island in 1S05, and re- 
moved to ICngland in iSij, where lie resided until his 
death in 18 iS. 

He had conferred upon him the following honorary 
degrees : a. m. from Harvard College in 1 764 ; a. m. from 
King's (now Columbia) College in 1772; a. m. from 
Queen's (now Washington) University, North Carolina ; 
D. c. L. from Oxford University, England, in 1774 ; u.. D. 
from Yale and Dartmouth Colleges in 1803. 

He died in London, England, 28 Feb., 181 8, aged 79 
years, and was buried at Kensington. 

His widow died at 

His will dated 10 Nov., 1S13, and codicil dated 24 
Feb., 18 1 S, is on record in the office of the Judge of 
Probate of Wills of Prince Edward Island, 

(For complete account of the life of Gen. Edmund 

Fanning, ll. d., with copy of his will, and the story of 

its contention, which lasted for nearly seventy-five years, 

see Diographical part of this volume.) 
Issue^ thrtce daitgkiers and one son: 
124. I. Ix)Ui?A AucirsTA*, b. at Point Pleasant, H%ilifax, Nova 
Scotia. Tuesday, 3 Oct,, 1 7S6, between eight and nine 

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o'clock in die iiioniing--chritleiied on Sunday, Oct 
22, by Rar. Mr. Weeks, minister of the VmAk of St 
Ftnl's, and Profince of Nova Scotia ; nt at Ealing, 
County of Middlesex, England, s8 June, 1830, Sir 
Gabriel Wood of Aigyle Street, in the County of 
MidcAesex, England, Knight, a Commissary General 
in the Enf^ Army. He d. at Bath on 29 Oct, 
r845. La^ Wood d. at No. 3 Circas, Bath, on 19 
liarch, 187s. They were both boried in the Dis-. 
trict of Lansdown, County of Someiset, England, 

125. n. FaiPxaiCK Auou si u if , b. at Charioltet![»wn, St John's 
Island^ Tuesday, 20 Jan., 1789, between one and 
two o'dodc in the afternoon, and christened by the 
Rev. Mr. Desbrisay. He was captain in His BCa|es- 
ty's 22d Regiment of Foot He was about e^t 
years in service with different regiments, and had 
just returned from the East Indies when he died. 
His death occurrd at Kensington, near London, 
Engfauid, on Tuesday, 22 Sept, 1812, at four o'clock 
in the aftenodn, in the twenty-third year of his age. 
He was never mairied, and dted intestate. He was 
buried in a leaden coffin, and his remains deposited 
m a vauh under the chancd in the Fuish Church of 

isd. m. Habu S08AIIMA MATiLD4*,b.atChariottetown,St John's 
Island, Wednesday, 23 March, 1 79i,between two and 
three o'clock in the afternoon, and was christened 
on Sunday the loth of May fblkmhig by the Rev. lir. 
Desbrisay. She never married. She lived at No. 3 
the Circus, and afterwards at No. 4 Royal Crescent, 
both in the City of Bath, Coun^ of Someiset, Eng- 
bmd, where she died 6 Feb., 1879. Her win is on 
file m the Principal Probate Registry of the Hig^ 

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Court of Justice, and was proved*in said Court 28 
Feb.» 1879, by Margaret William Tryon Cumberland, 
(wife of Bentinck Harry Cumberland, Esquire), the 
sister, and William Ford, the executors named there- 
in, and which probate now remaitair on record in the 
said Registry, 

(A copy of her will appears in the Gen. Edmund 
Fanning article in the Biographical part of 
this volume, q. v.) 
X 2 7« IV. Maroarrt WiLUAM Tryon, b. at Charlottetown, Prince 
Edward Island, Tuesday, 16 Dec, 1800^ between 
six and seven o'clock in the afternoon, and was 
christened on the sa July, i8ox, by the Rev. Mr, 
Desbrisay.; ro. at All Saints Church, in the Parish 
of Marylebone, Middlesex, Eng., 25 Nov., 1833, Ben- 
tinck Harry Cumberland. He was captain of the 96th 
Regiment when married, and as such was command- 
ant of the garrison at Charlottetown in 1833. He 
afterwards became lieutenant-colonel in the Army. 
He died at Enham Lodge, Leamington, in the County 
of Warwick, 30 Juxie, x88o, and hb widow died 
there in April, 1887. No is 

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so. THOMA^*FANNING,b. 1724.5, (^/V//fln/»,77/^«iaj«, 1 

Edmund^) \ 

m. ist, at Norwich, Conn., 15 Sept., 1747, ' 

Anne Reynolds, 
dau. of John and Lydia (Lord) Reynolds, 
and b. at Norwich, Conn., 28 Oct., 1723. 
She d. at Norwich, 22 Dec, 1771, in her 49th year. 
He m. 2d, at Windham, Conn., 16 Jan., 1772, 

Mrs. Phcbe Hurlbut, 
dau. of 
widow of 
and b. at 

Captain Thomas^ Fanning, the eldest son of Richard 
and Hannah (Kegwin) Fanning, was born at Stonington, 
Conn., in 1724-5. In early life (said to be about 1740) 
he settled at Nonvich, and was the first of the name in 
that place. There, on the 15 th of Scj)t., 1747, he married 
Anne, daughter of John Reynolds, a descendant of one 
of the first proprietors of that town. She was born at 
Norwich on the 28th of Oct., 1723, and died on the 22d 
of Dec, 1771, in the 49th year of her age, after bearing 
him three sons and three daughters. On the i6th of Jan., 
1772, he married a second wife, the Widow Phebe Hurl- 
but, of Windham, Conn. 

Captain Fanning became one of the leading shipmas- 
ters and merchants of Norwich. He was the first person 
who owned and commanded a packet ship plying regu- 
larly between Norwich and New York, His store was 
situated near Chelsea Plain, opposite his dwelling house, 
between the town and landing, and at the end of Crescent 
Street. In this store he carried on business as an im- 
porter and dealer in European and India goods as well 
as a trader in domestic produce. 

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Al some linii' afln- liis soroml in:irri.'ij;o he rnnovril to 
Wiiulhatii where he liveil several years. At length, being 
seized wiili the palsy, he returned to Norwich, wliere he 
hVed with his son Thomas until his death, which occurretl 
on the 7th of Sept., 1 790, in the 67lh year of his Jigc.(g.s.) 
hsnc^ recorded at Norwich^ Conn.: 
12S. I. Ann'k*, b. at Nor>vich, Conn., 4 Dec, 1748; m. at 
, Abraham Perkins, and settled at Lyme, 
Conn., where she d. 3 May, 1823, a, 75. 
+ 129. H. Thomas*, b. at Norwich, Conn., 18 July, 1750. 

130. HL Hanxah*, b. at Norwich, Conn., 10 March, 1754 ; m. 

at in 177S, Patrick Southmayd, b. 31 Oct., 

1 739> a^d lived at . They had nine ch. : 

Samuel, who ni. an Osgood, had six ch., and lived 
in New York; Thomas, John, Erastus; Charles, who 
d. Oct., 1815, unm. ; Lucy, Plannah and two others. 
She d. 14 Feb., 1816; he d. 30 Dec, 1S21, a. 82. 

131. IV. Cyrl'sS b. at Noiwich, Conn., 24 Sept., 1756. He 

never m., — followed the sea. He was of the "Spy" 

packet, and was taken prisoner by the British and 

incarcerated in Forton Prison, Eng., where Capt. 

Nathaniel Fanning (No. 1 10) was confined. He was 

restrained there from June 1 778 to July, 1 779. Later 

he was exchanged. He went to sea in 1 794 and was 

never heard from aftenvards. His brother, John 

administea*d on his estate, whtdi was inventoried 

at Norwich and distributed on the x8th March, 1814. 

-p 1 32. V. John Reynolds*, b. at Norwich, Conn., 25 Dec, 1 75s.* 

133. VI, &ARAH*, b. at Norwich, Conn., 9 Jan., 1760; m. at 

, 14 Oct., 1S14, Deacon Robert Ealy 

(or Ely) of Saybrook, where they settled and where 

she d. 21 Dec, 1 82 7, a. 67 years and 10 months. 

•Norwich Town Rccvn!s read ^/ Dec,, 1758, Descendants, however, 
claim the correct t!ate is sj Dec, 1758. 

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55. RICHARD* FANNING, hap. 17,15, {A'irlufnf\ 

ni. at Stonin^ton, Conn., 22 April, 1760, 

Hannah , 

dau. of 
and b. at 

Richard Fanning, Jr., son of Richard and Hannah 
(Kcgwin) Fanning, was baptized at Stonington, 21 Sept., 


He learned the trade of a tailor, and followed that oc- 
cupation at New London, Preston and Groton, as well as 
in his native town. 

On the 21 Aug., 1794, he bought a twenty-acre farm 
and buildings in Groton of Capt. William Belcher of 
Preston, which farm formerly belonged to David Fanning 
(No. ^z^^ and was his homestead farm which he had in- \ 
herited from his father, Jonathan, at his death in 1761. j 
This was part of the original Edmund Fanning, Senior, [ 
farm. Richard resided there but a few years, as he sold | 
out, 6 July, iSor, to William Stanton, 2d, and removed 
that year with his wife and family to Preston, Chenango 
Co., N. Y., where we find record of him, 17 May, 1802, 
This county was settled largely by emigrants from New 
London County, Conn., who gave the name of Norwich 
to the county seat of Chenango. Richard Fanning re- 
sided at Preston, N. Y., the rest of his lit*, passing the 
last few years there with his son Asa. 

He died at Preston, N. Y., about 1825, and his widow 
about 1835. Both buried at Preston Comers. 
Issue :^ 
134, I. Katharine*, b. at Stonington, Conn., 8 Sept., 1762; 
m. in Conn, about 1 784 David Eccleston, and moved 

* Two only of this issue arc recorded at Stonington, viz., Kath.irine ami 
Richard. The births of the remaining children arc furnished by descendant. 

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to Chenango Co., N. Y., al)out 1803, settling at Pres- 
ton Centre. He d. and the widow went to live at 
Norwich, N. Y. 

Six Chiitfren: 
r. Frederick Eccleston, b. in Conn., in 1785 ; m. 
at Sally Taylor of Mystic, Conn, 

Their eldest child, Maria Ecclcston, b. 12 
Nov., iSi i,m, 24 May, 1828, Daniel McAdams, 
and was livinjT; in 1897 at East McDonough, 
Chenango Co., N. Y. 
II. David Eccliis-i-qn, b. in Conn. ; m. a Burdick 
of Norwich, N. Y. 

III. Charles Ecclesi'dn, b. ; m. a Lewis of 

Preston, N. Y. 

IV. Washington Eccleston, b. ; m. a Pea- 

body of Norwich, N. Y. 

V. Katfurixe Eccleston, b. ; m. a Clark. 

VI. Hanxah Eccleston, b. ; ra. a Marsh. 
II. Richard^ b. at Stonington, Conn., 31 Aug., 1764. 

III. Betsy*, b. at , 13 Sept., 1766 ; m. at , 

Conn., William Palmer. They removed to Chenango 
Co., N. Y., in 1803, and later to Olean, N. Y. He 
was captain of a company of volunteers from Che- 
nango and adjacent counties during the War of 181 2- 
13, doing duty at Sackett's Harbor. 

IV, Asa*, b. at Stonington, Conn., 20 July, 1768.* 
v. Henry*, b. at 18 Dec, 1770. 

VI. William Frederick*, b. at 21 April, 1773. 

VII. Charles''', b. probably at Stonington, Conn., 13 May, 


* There seems to Ik* some question nbout this <late. The births of all seven 
chiMron as above arc furMi.>heil by a descendant, Mrs. Gales, of New London, 
Conn. Another ilcii-cndnnt, how ever, J''rank Fanning, St. Joseph, Mo., says 
.\s;i was born 25 July, 1766, which ilnle he obtained from Asa's own state- 
ment in his pension application papers. 

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SC, JAMES« FANNING, b, about 1737, {RichanP, 

Thama^^ EdmumP) 

m. at 26 Sept, 1769, 

Sarah Gillet, 
dan* of 
and b. at 

James Fanning, son of Richard and Hannah (Kegwin) 
Fanning, was born at Stonington, Conn., about 1737. In 
eariy life he removed to and setded in Canaan, Litchfidd 
Co., Conn*, where he foHowed the occupadon of farming. 
He served in the Revolutionary War, enlisting z6 Feb., 
1777, as a private for the term of the war in Capt Samuel 
Half s company, in CoL Philip B. Bradley's 5th Regiment 
Connecdcttt Line. This regiment was raised for the ''Con- 
dnental Line " of '77 to continue through the war, and was 
recruited largely in Fairfield and Litchfield Counties, 
with men firom all parts of the State. His length of ser- 
vice does not ^>pear from the Connecticut Rolls. 

Late in life he moved up into New York Sute^-the 
Genesee Country— and is said to have lived for a time 
in Livingston Coun^. He left a son married and resid- 
ing at Canaan, Conn. 

Descendants state that he died at Genesee or Aurora, 
N. Y., and was buried by the Masons of Aurora, but the 
date of decease is not known xlo\ that of his wife. 
141. I. Clardta*, b. at Canaan, Conn., s6 Sept, 1 763 ; m. at 
Canaan in 1780, Levi Crittenden, b. at Southington, 
Conn., 38 Nov., 1757, the seventh child of Abraham 
and Sarah (Bamaby) Crittenden. He was a fanner, 
and they resided at Richmond, Mass., where eleven 
children were bom to them, ten of whom lived to 
adult age and had families. 

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Levi Critteoden, «t the age of liiMeii,weiitto Ihe 
«t Great Baniogtoiiy Biask At eigiiteeii he vohm- 
teered hit senrices in the RevolutioDarj anny, and 
waa in the battle of Bennington. 

Hia wife d. atlUchmond, 3 Ang^ 1836, a. 7a, and 
ta buried there. He d. 25 April, 1845. 
L Lauka CmnHDor, b. 37 Jan., 1781 ; m. 9X 
Kichmond, ICaaa., 4 Jan., i8oa, Nathan Chapin, 
b. Richmond, 10 May, 1778,300 of David and 
Lydia (Cook) Chapin. He ma a fimncr, tan- 
ner, and ahoemaker, and leaided at Richmond, 
wiieie he d. a April, 1846* She d. 
L DAvm CuRiMiXBii CHam^ b. 13 Feb., 
1803 1 xBu ; d. 19 Sept, 1871. 

n. Clakdu CBanr, b. 14 Dec, 1804 ; d. 26 

Angi, 1805. 
m. Sakah BiaLr CBAnr, b. 19 Dec, 1808 ; 
m. at Ridunond, 7 May, 1833, ^* Ste- 
phen Reed* R elided at Pittandd* Hed* 
la Joly, 1877. Widow waa Hving in 1898. 
nr. Hoonr William Chapw, b. 4 Oct, 1814. 
▼• Chaslb ALuar CHAinr, b. 13 May, 181 7. 
n. Hoonr CmmDiif, b. 6 July, 178a ; m. 

, and had two daaa. He d* in i8aa, 
a. 40, and ia boried at Richmond, Biaaa. 
m. Clauna CnRmDm, b. ao Ang., 1785. 
nr.SALur Curimixbii, b. 18 March, 1788; at 

Samott Noyea. 
▼. Asmoau CnimiiDEif, b. a8 Dec, 1790; m. 
* Aaa Cone. « Shed. 7 Nor., 1840^ a. 50. Had 
9 . aon Albeit recently living in Chicago. 

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VI. I.KYI CknTi:Nr>KNj). 23 April, 1793 ; m. i6 0c:l., 

1S16, Mary Hull, ami d. at White I^ke, Mtdu^ 
8 May, 1874. 

VII. Alvin CkriTKNUKN, b. 4 June, 1 795 ; m. Mary 

Wadams. He d. at Oak Shade, Ohio, in 1884. 
viiL Nancy Criitendkn, b. 6 June, 1 797 ; m. James 
Flower. She d. 6 Nov., 1832, a. 35, and is 
buried at Richmond, Mass. Has son, Mar- 
shall C. Flower, recently living at Lamoille, 111, 
IX. Retsv CKriTENDEN, b. 6 Feb., 1800; d. young. 

X. AlOKZO CimTKNDEN, A.M., PH.D., b. 7 April, 

1801 ; ra. Mary Warner, He grad. Union Col., 
Schenectady, N. Y. ; principal Albany Female 
Academy ; principal Packer Collegiate Insti- 
tute, Brooklyn ; d. at Brooklyn, 23 June, 1SS3. 
' A son, Edward W., is a lawyer of N. V. City. 
XI. John Crhtenden, b. 29 Aug., 1806; m. at 
Richmond, 14 April, 1829, Betsy Goodrich 
Plummer. He d. at Princeton, 111., 1 July, 
1879.. ^^<I ^xz^ daus., two now survive : Mrs. 
J. R. Birge, Cairo, Hall Co., Neb., and Mrs, 
Ellen C. Dexter, Columbia, Tenn. 
-t- 142. If. John Williams^, b. at Canaan, Conn., 15 Aug., 1765. 
143. III. Jaaies Gatlif!--*, b. at Canaan, Conn., 23 March, 1 767, 
No further record of him ; may have d. in infancy. 
-f-144. nr, Oraaiel*, b. at Canaan, Conn., 13 Dec, 1768. 

145. v. Erasti^*, b. at Canaan, Conn., 12 April, 1770, No 

further record of him ; may have d. in infancy. 

146. VI. Sarah*, b. at Canaan, Conn., 29 Sept., 1771 ; m. Reu- 

ben Wight ; lived in Richmond, Mass. Had two 
sons. Fanning and Erastus, and dau., Sally Maria, 
who d. at Richmond, 15 March, 1798, a. 10 mos. 
Late in life removed to Oswego Co., N. Y. 

147. VII. Nancy*, b, at Canaan, Conn., 26 Dec, 1776. 

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59. JOHN^ FANNING, b. 1717 or 1718, (John\John\ 

in. at Stonington, Conn., 14 April, 1740, 

Abigail Minor, 
daii. of James and Abigail (Eldridge) Minor, 
and b. at Taugwank, town of Stonington, Conn., i Aug., 
1 7 14. She was sister of Ann Minor who m. William Plan- 
ning (No. 24). James Minor was of the third .generation 
in this country, and b. in Nov., 1682. He ra. Abigail 
Kldridge, 22 Feb., 1705. He was s. of Ephraim and 
Hannah (Avery) Minor, and Ephraim was s. of Thomas 
and Grace (Pahner) Minor, the first settler of the name 
in Connecticut. 

John Fanning, son of John and Deborah (Parke) Fan- 
ning, was born at Groton, Conn., in 171 7 or 1718. He 
was a farmer, mill-owner, ship-owner, and merchant, and 
resided at Groton and at Stonington, Aftenvards he re- 
moved to Walpole, N. H., and later to Little Egg Har- 
bor, N. J., where he followed the sea. He was captured 
by the British while pri- ^ / 
vateering, and was con- ^0^47 CZTI * 
fined on board the Strom- \J ^y^^^^^^ft^ 

boli Hospital Ship, where l/ 

he died in 1 781, and was $" 

buried on the shores of Age 22 (1740) ^^^\ 

the Wallabout \: 

His wife Abigail died 27 Sept., 1777. 
(For complete sketch of John Fanning, No. 59, see 
Biographical part of this volume.) 

From descendants of this family it is learned that John 
and Abigail (Minor) Fanning had eight children, the first 
seven of whom arc found recorded at Groton. 

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Issue : 

X4S. I. AniCAii^^ b. at Grotoii, Conn., 26 Miirch, 1741 ; 
GrotoHy y Capt. Ebenezer Welilcn, and 

rcniovcil to Chincotcaguc, Va., where he d. in spring 
of 1783, a. 42. 

I. David Wei.den, a sea-captain who d. and left a 
widow and two sons. 

II. Edenezer Welden, a pilot. 

III. Jabez Welden, a sea-captain who d. and left an 

only daughter. 

IV. Skinner Welden, an apprentice in Philadelphia. 

V. Polly WeLden, m. Capt. Haley, and res. near 

Norfolk, Va. He d. and left her a widow. 
149. II. Sarah*, b. at Groton, Conn., 18 March, 1743 ; m. ist, 
at Stonington, Conn., 14 Aug., 1763, Capt. William 
Noycs of Stonington, son of Thomas* and Marj' 
(Thompson) Noyes of Westerly R. I., (Thomas', 
Rev. James*, Rev. James*). 

Capt. William Noyes was lost at sea, and his widow 
m. 2d, Major Ebenezer Adams, who was prominent 
in the capture of the British Gen. Prescott in the 
Revolutionary War. He was b. at Charlestown, R.I., 
removed to Richmond, and finally settled in South 
Kingston, R. I., where he d. in 1 799. She d. at Little 
Rest, R. I., in 1821, a. 78. 

Issue by Capt. William Noyes: 
1. Sarah Noves, b. 25 April, 1764. 

II. William Noves, b. i 7 May, 1 766. 

III. Frederick Noyes, b. 30 May, 1 76S. 

IV. Robert Fanning Noves, b. 23 June, 1770. 
v. Joshua Noves, b. 14 Aug., 1772. 

Issue by Maj. Ebenezer Adams: 
I. John Ad.vms, a sea-captain of Newport ; m. Abby 

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11. Sa-MUel Adams, m. Card. 

III. Patty Adams, m. Samuel Booth or Bentley, and 

resided near Albany, N. Y. 

IV. Fannixg Adams, m. Ann Caswell. 

V. Nathan Adams, m. Ann Aldrich and lived at 

Little Rest, R. I. 
VI. Ethan Adams, b. about 17S6, and lived at 
Charlestown, R. I. 
150. III. DEnoR.\H*, b. at (iroton. Conn., 9 March, 1745 ; m. ist, 
at Groton, 4 April, 1764, Jabez Backus of Norwich, 
son of Jabcz and Eunice (Kinj^sbury) Backus of 
Bozrah,Conn., andb.there23 Jan.,1741-2. He d. at 
Bozrah, 20 Feb., 1770. She d. at Rochester, N. Y., 
in Dec, 1S20, a. 75 years. 
Issue : 

I. AzEL Backus, d. d., b. 13 Oct., 1765 ; graduate 

of Vale College in 17S7 ; m. Millie Deming of 

Wethersfield, Conn. He was the first president 

of Hamilton College, N.Y. He d. 26 Oct., 1816. 

II. Jabez Backus, b. 10 May, 1769 ; d. 9 May, 1770. 

Deborah m. 2d, 25 March, 1 772, William Fish and had 


I. Lvpia Fish, who m. Ebenezer Whitney ; res. in 

J>rooklyn, and had five children. 

II. Eliza Fish, who m. Daniel Sheldon, a merchant 

at Hartford, and had two children. 

III. Fanny Fish, who m. Arnold Gates (or Yates) a 
^ a ship carpenter, and lived near Albany, N. Y. 

» Had one dau. Julia. 

IV. Ix)dowick Fish, who m. Susan Post of Norwich. 

^ carriage- maker. 

V. Backus Fish, who never m. A cooper. 
VI. Sydney Fish, b. about 1787. 

VH. Soi'HA Fish, b. aljout 1789. 

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+ ISI- IV. John*, b. at Groton, Conn., 9 Nov., 1746. 

+ 152. V. Joshua*, b. at Groton, Conn., 6 Sept., 1748. 
153- VI. Simeon*, b. at Groton, Conn., 21 Oct., 1750. He never 
m. and d. in April, 1778. He, like his brothers, 
John and Joshua, joined the navy at the breaking out 
of the Revolutionary War, in which he entered as a 
midshipman. The Lucy Fanning Watson ms. gives 
the lollowing account of him : 

'' Simeon, the youngest and lost son, was also an 
officer in the Navy. He died, it is said, at Wilming- 
ton, North Carolina, by drinking cold water after 
excessive fatigue in nmning after his carriage and 
horses which had been frightened from their stand- 
ing place. He was on his way home from Charles- 
ton, where he arrived in March, 1 778, as commander 
of the- tender belonging to the 'Randolph.* He had 
with him very considerable money, and one White 
of Connecticut as a companion. This person, it is 
said, administered on his estate. Thus ended the 
melancholy extinction of the male line." ♦ 

154. vir. Thankful*, b. at Groton, Conn., 19 Aug., 1752 ; m, 

at Capt Daniel Cole, and res. at Little 

Egg Harbor (Batsto Furnace), N. J., where she d. 
in the winter of 1837. 

Issue : Daniel, William, Josiah, Abby, Betsey and 
Lucy Cole. 

155. VIII. Lucy*, b. at Groton, Conn., 27 Sept., 1755 ; m. at 

Little Egg Harbor, N. J., 31 Dec, 1772, Capt. WU- 
liam Watson, b. at Salem, N. J., 20 Aug., 1740. His 
paternal ancestor is said to have been Thomas Wat- 
son, b. in Dublin, Ireland, and who settled in Salem, 
N. J. in 1667. 

•The death pf Simeon made the male line of Simeon*, John*, John', John\ 
EchnundS extinct. John* and Joshua* (brothers of Simeon*), vXaa perished 
while in service in the Navy without male issue. 

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Cajit. Willi.-un Walson res, :it Tattle E^g Harbor, 
N. J., and at Philadelphia. He was lost at sea, with 
his son Wesley, on his passage home from New Or- 
leans, 21 Jan., 1804. 

Lucy Fanning Watson was the author of a ms. 
account of the Fanning Family, and which is spoken 
of and referred to in this work as "The Lucy Fan- 
ning WaLson MS. She d. at German town, Pcnn., 5 
June, 1S34, a. 78, and is buried there. 
I. William Watsox, b. at Little Egg Harbor, N. J., 
23 March, 1776; d. at Germantown, Penn., 
21 April, 1822. 
n. John Fannixc Watson, b. at Little Egg Harbor, 
N. J., 13 June, 1779 ; m. in 1812, Phebe Bar- 
ron Crowe!!, dau. of Thomas Crowell of Eliza- 
bcthtown, N. J. Issue : seven ch., two of whom 
d. in infancy. He was named after his uncle, 
John Fanning (No. 151)- 

The eldest dau«, Lavinia Fanning Watson, 
m. Harrison Whitman, son of Chief Justice 
Whitman of Maine. She died in Philadelphia 
in 1 90 1. Selena Watson, the second dau. m. 
Charles Willing of Phila. Myra Watson was 
the third dau. The eldest son, Dr. Barron 
Crowell Watson, res. at Morristown, N. J. He 
m. Julia, dau. of Hon. William Willis of Port- 
land, Me. The youngest son was John Howell 

John Fanning Watson when, a young man 
held a clerkship in the War Department at 
Washington, after which he removed to New 
Orleans in 1804, where he was commissary of 
provisions for the army in Louisiana for the 

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next iwo years. The tlealh of his fullurr, how- 
ever, iiKule il necessary lo reliirn lo J'hila. to 
live, where lie became a bookseller and pub- 
lisher on Chestnut street. In 1814 he was 
elected cashier of the Bank of Germantown 
on its organization, and held the office for 
more than thirty-three years. He resigned in 
1 84 7 to become treasurer and secretary of the 
Philadelphia, Germantown and Norristown 
Railroad Co., which position he held until 
1857, when he retired from all active business 
at the age of So. 

He is well known as a distinguished annal- 
ist, and a local historian. lie was the author 
of "Annals of Philadelphia," " History of New 
York," and other works. 

He died at his residence in Germantown, 
Penn., 23 Dec, 1S60, in his 82d year. 

His wife died in 1859. 

(See Memoir of John Fanning Watson, by 
Benj. Dorr, d. d., Phila,, 186 1.) 

III. THOikiAS Fanning Watson, b. at Little Egg Har- 

bor, N. J., 27 Oct., 1782 ; d. 20 July, 1783. 

IV. Wesley Minor Wai-son, b. at Phila., Penn., 21 

' April, 1785, and was lost at sea with his fa- 
ther, 21 Jan., 1804. 

V. AiiBY Watson, b. at Phila., Penn., i Feb., 1794, 

and d. 27 July, 1795. 

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60. THOMAS* FANNING, b. 1719, (Johfi\John\ 


m. at Groton, Conn., 26 July, 1744. 

Elizabeth Capron, 

dan. of Walter and Hope (Whipple) Capron, 
and b. at Norwich, Conn., 7 April, 1725. 

Walter Capron, son of Banfiekl Capron of Barrington- 
and Attleborough, Mass., was a forgeman, and settled in 
Groton, Conn., where, on the 9th of July, 1733, he pur- 
chased of 2^chariah Whipple, a farm of 149 acres, lying 
"partly in Norwich and partly in Groton," which farm 
Zachariah had previously bought of Samuel Whipple in 

Walter Capron m. ist, Hope, dau. of Samuel Whipple, 
anrl had Samuel, Elkanah, Elizabeth (b. 7 April, 1725), 
Alice, Sibil, William and Sylvia, all of whom are said to 
have grown to maturity and married except Elkanah, who 
died young. 

Walter m, 2d, at Groton, 28 Oct., 1739, Hannah Went- 
worth, and had Hope, Jared, Giles and Simeon. 

Walter Capron d. at the age of S4. His will dated 15 
.Vpril, 1765, proved 28 May, 1776, is on file at Stoning- 
ton, Conn. His estate was inventoried at ;^i,38i. 

Captain Thomas Fanning, son of John and Deborah 
(Parke) Fanning, and great-grandson of Edmund, the 
American ancestor, was born at Groton, Conn., in 1719. 
Losing his father in infancy, he was placed under the 
^".lardianship of his grandfather, William Parke of Preston, 
'i;y the Probate Court at New London, 25 July, 1722. 
Me learned the trade of a carpenter, and located at what 
is now Shewville, where he purchased a farm, and built a 
s.iw-mill. He held many town offices, and was prominent 
ill local affaii-s. 

Mc was appointed lieutenant of the 5th Company of 
Militia at (iroton, by the General Assembly, 10 Oct., 

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1765, and captain in Oct, 1771. He opened the first 

recruiting office in Connecticut at the breaking out of the 

Revolutionary War, and was afterwards appointed by the 

Government Though he did not serve in the War, being 

past the age for ser- 

vice, he took a great KjJ /^m„^ ^ . ^ f" *^ t 

and active interest ^ /urPtdf> O^^^J(/lfft^ 

thcrein,and sent five C^ 

of his six sons. The Age 21 (1740) 

sixth and last was only ten years old at that time, and an 


He d. intestate at Groton, 15 Dec, 1787, a. 68 (g. s. 
says in 68th year). 

His widow d. at Groton, 27 April, 1810, in her 86th 

Both are .buried at Preston Plains Cemetery (earlier 
known as the Avery Pond Burying Ground), where their 
headstones still remain. 

His estate was settled by the Probate Court at Ston- 
ington, where the will of his widow, Elizabeth, is also on 
file. ' 

They had nine children recorded at Groton. The first 
two are also recorded at Preston, The dates of all are 
confirmed by die Fanning Bible. 

(See fiill sketch of Captain Thomas Fanning in the 
Biographical part of this volume.) 
156. 1. Katharine*, b. at Groton, Conn., 9 June, 1745 ; d. 9 
March, 1755. 
+ 157. n. Walter*, b. at Groton, Conn., 20 May, 1747. 
+ 158. m. Charles*, b. at Groton, Conn., 16 Dec, 1749. 

159. IV. Prudence*, b. at Groton, Conn., 28 April, 1752 ; m. 
at Groton, 25 April, 1770, Jabez Tracy, son of Na- 
thaniel Tracy, a school-teacher. They removed from 

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Cunii. lo Mass. In lyy.* llicy were Iivinijal(?lii-slir, 
Afiiss., (I IniiipshireCu.then but ihinqnleiiCu. now), 
later they removeil to and settled in Rome, Oneida 
Co., X. Y., where he d. before 3 May, iSi i. Prudence 
d. at West branch, N. Y., 4 July, 1S39. 
Issue : 
r. Natiianmkl Tracy, b. at ; ro. Hannah 

Hinsdale of Bennington, Vt., and had issue : 
I. Chi%stkr Fanning Tr..vcy, an officer in the 
U. S. Army ; d. of yellow fever and was 
buried from shipboard off the coast of 
Florida. Unmarried. 
11. Janeitk Tr/VCY, m. Edwin Watson; lived 
and d. in Whitestown, Oneida Co., N. Y. 
No children. 
HI. Hannah Tracy, id. Thomas G.Wright; 
lived and d. in Kendall Co., 111. Had 
Chester Fanning AVright and five daus. : 
two sur\-ive, Annette Styles, now resident 
ofVicnna, Austria, and Clara Wright Gay- 
lord of Nevada City. One son, Tnicy 
Wright, res. in Chicago. 

IV. Si)i»HRONiA Tracy. 

V. Helen Hinsixvle Tracy, m. Nathaniel 

Peace Barnard and had twelve children, 
five of whom survive : Nathaniel Peace 
IJamard, Jr., attomey-at-law at Newark, 
111.; Lucretia Davisson and Nellie M. 
Barnard, both res. in Chicago; Lucy 
Eloise Barnard of Los Angeles, Cal. ; and 
Maude Mirick of Detroit, Mich. 
VI. Son who d. in infancy. 
11. William Tracy. 

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III. FkROKUfCK Tracy, b. at Chester, Mass., 24 July, 
1792; in. :il Kume, N. y., 12 March, 1816, 
Anna Sophia Williams, clau. of John Wilttanis, 
and b. at I^yden, Mass., 24 Sept., 1785. He 
was a woolen manufacturer, and res. at Rome 
and Delia, N. Y. Was a drummer-boy in the 
War of 1S12. Postmaster at Delta at one time, 
and a justice of the peace. She d. at Delta, 27 
April, 1864. He d. at Rome, 22 March, 1865, 
and both are buried at Rome. 
Issue : 
I. Sarah Fakning Tracy, b. at Rome, N. Y., 
23 March, 1817; m. at Clinton, N. Y., 
21 March, 1839, Robert H. Nicholas, b. 
at London, Eng., 21 Oct., 1S16. He was 
a merchant at Syracuse and Rochester, 
N. Y., boot and shoe manufacturer at 
Chicago, cashier Bank of Abington, Ab- • 
ington, Va. He d. at the latter place, 1 7 
July, 1892. She d. 15 Nov., 1894. Issue: j 
Albert Tracy, Robert F., Sarah A., Fred- • 
crick C, Jeannie S., ra. to P'rank J. Bram- 
hall and res. in Chicago, Louis and Ed- 
mund T. Nicholas. j 
II. Katharine Tracy, b. at Benton, Yates Co., ! 

N. Y., 24 July, 1820 ; d. 2 Aug., 1824. 
ui. Frederick Ayer Tracy, b. at Benton, Yates 
Co., N. Y., 19 Aug., 1824. A physician ' 
at St. Francis, Kan. 
IV. Cathauna Tracy, b. at Lee, Oneida Co., 
N. Y., 17 May, 1829 ; m. at Delta, N. Y., 
16 July, 1855, Edmund Brewster, and res. 
at Minneapolis, Minn. She d. in March, 

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IV. Catharine Tracy, m. Hiram Hinsdale from 
whom the town of Hinsdale, III., was named. 
He d. soon after, it is thought without issue. 
+ 160. V. THOMAS^ b. at Groton, Conn., 22 May, 1755. 

161. VI. Hope', b. at Groton, Conn., 14 Aug., 1737; m- at 
Groton 27 June, 1782, Elisha Ayer, son of Dea. Jo- 
seph and Thankful (Deakc) Ayer, and b. 16 Aug., 


Elisha Ayer was a wealthy farmer. His farm was 
located in the north of Groton, in that part which was 
in 1S36 set off to y 

form the new town S^/<j/, jr^ ^^^ ^^^ 
ofLedyard. A small ^^X^^'^"'^ ^ 
portion of the farm ^^^ g^ (,g^,) 

extended across the 

line into Preston. It lies about seven miles southeast 
of Norwich, and two miles f;om Lantern Hill, and 
consists of a little over three hundred acres, two hun- 
dred of which were given Elisha by his father, Dea. 

^ yj Joseph Ayer. The 

/fjy(,^ Ly^^^^^ house on the premises 

^ standing to-day was 

Age 84 (i8.|i) built by Elisha about 

1793. The one erected previous to this stood a short 

distance east of the present structure. 

Dea. Joseph Ayer, b. 3 April, 1721, father of Elisha 
owned land extending from the Stonington line west- 
ward, and embraced Elisha's farm. This land was 
bought mostly of the Parkes. Joseph gave away the 
greater part of his property during his lifetime. His 
father, John, b. i638, and brother, John, b. 1 718, were 
early settlers in Stonington and Groton, and owned 
large tracts of land there. They descended from John 

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Ayer of Ipswich, Newbaiy and Haverhill, Mass., who 
is said to have been the first of the name in this 

Joseph Ayer'i sifnature in 1814 at the age of 93 

Elisha Ayer and wife Hope (Fanning) lived in the 
Ayer house which is now standing, and both died 
there, she 5 Feb., 1847, he 20 June, 1S53. She was 
in her ninetieth year and he in his ninety-sixth. Both 
lie in the Ayer Burying Ground at North Stonington. 

At his death Elisha willed the Ayer farm to his son 
George. His daughter Lydia then bought it, and at 
her death the farm descended to her daughter, Grace 
Peckham, who sold it to Lafayette Main about the 
year 1 90 1. The house is now (1902) occupied by 
Thomas Norman. Elisha Ayer also willed his eighty- 
two acre farm lying westerly of his home place to his 
daughters Hope and Mary Ann. The old Fanning 
farm at Shewville, which he owned, he willed to his 
son Frederick's children. He also owned the Fanning i 
mill there. A house in Poquctanuck he gave to his 
son Frederick. 

Elisha and Hope (Fanning) Ayer had eight child- 
ren, all born at Groton, Conn. 

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Issue : 

I. Clakina Aykk, b. 23 Feb., 17S3; ni. ist at 
Groton, Conn., Capt. William Halscy of Pres- 
ton. They res. at New London, Conn., and 
later at Poiiiietanuck, Conn. He Poque- 
tanuck, leaving issue Sally, who d. young. She 
m. 2d, at Groton, 28 May, 18 12, John Avery 
of Griswold, Conn., where they res., and where 
shed, 23 Oct., 1822. Issue: 

I. John Watson Avery, b. 24 Feb., 18 13. 

II. Susan Avery, b. 30 Sept., 18 14. 

III. William Pht Avery, b. 2 Oct., 1816. 

IV. Henry Avery, b. 20 Dec, 1818. 

V. JosEi'H Aver Avery, b. 12 Nov., 1820. 
n. Fanny Ayer, b. 19 Nov., 17S4 ; m. at Groton, 
Conn., Jeremiah Shipley Halsey of Preston, 
son of Col. Jeremiah Halsey of that town, a 
noted lawyer of his time. They res. at Pres- 
ton, where she d. 20 Jan., 181 7. He d. at 
Norwich, Conn., 12 Sept., 1855, They had 
ch. as follows : Caroline and William, both of 
whom d. in infancy. 

He m. 2d, Sally Brewster, and lived at Po- 
quetanuck. Conn., and had issue one son, 
Jeremiah and two daus., Fanny A. and Sally B. 
III. Elisha Ayer, b. 8 Dec, 1 786 ; m. at Groton, 
Conn., 10 Feb., 1822, Sarah Williams of Gro- 
ton, dau. of William and Prudence Stanton 
(Fanning) Williams, and res. at Northampton, 
Mass., where slie d. t Jan., 1844 and is buried. 
He d. at Ledyard, Conn., 3 Nov., 1867, *"^ 
is buried in the Ayer Burying Ground at North 

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Issue, Three Chihfren: 
1. EiJsiiA AvKK, b. 19 Dec, 1826; in. at 
Ledyard, Conn., 20 Oct-, 1863, Delia 
Stoddard of that town. Tliey res. at 
Norwich, and have issue one son, James 
Guy Ayer, unm. and res. at Norwich. 
11. HoPF. Ayer, b. 13 June, 1830; m. at 
Ledyard, Conn., 27 Dec, 1855, Lafay- 
ette H. Griswold. They res. at Groton, 
and have issue Sarah Adelaide Griswold, 
m. to Edward Eugene Spicer; James 
Ayer Griswold, who d. in infancy ; and 
Fannie Elizabeth Griswold, unm. and 
res. at Groton. 
HI. Sarah Ann Ayer, b. 4 Jan., 1832 ; d. unm. 
at Norwich, 19 March, 18S0, and is bur- 
ied in the Ayer Burying Ground, North 
lY. Hope Ayer, b. 19 Nov., 1789. She lived on the 
Ayer Farm at Groton, where she d. unm., 3 
March, i86z, and is bur. in the Ayer Burying 
Ground at North Stonington. 
V, Frederick Ayer, b. 14 Aug., 1 792 ; m. at Pres- 
ton, Conn., 9 June, 1817, Persis Cook, dau. 
of Capt. James and Persis (Herrick) Cook, 
and res. at Groton, at what was later known as 
Ayer's Mills, and now Shewville. He d. there 
2Z Dec, 1825, and is bur. at Preston. She 
m. 2d, Ripley Parke, and lived at Jewett City, 
and later in New York State, where he d. She 
d. at Lowell, Mass., in 1881. Bur. at Preston. 
Frederick Ayer's early life was spent on his 
father's farm. On the i6th of Nov., 1814, 

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he was commissioned sergeant in the 8th Reg- 
iment Connecticut Infantry, Lieut. Col. Wil- 
liam Belcher, commanding. About the year 
xS 14 or '15 he, with his brother Elisha, who 
had lately returned from Spain, removed to 
Ayer's Mills on the Poquetanuck River. A 
saw-mill stood there known as Fanning's 
Mill, formerly owned and operated by Capt. 
Thomas Fanning, grandfather of Elisha and 
Frederick Ayer. The works were enlarged, and 
comprised a saw-milJ, grist-mill, blacksmith's 
shop, and clothier's works. In 181 7 Frederick 
married Persis Cook of Preston, by whom he 
had five children. About 1S21 he and his 
brother dissolved partnership, Elisha going to 
Northampton, Mass., and Frederick remain- 
ing at the Mills, where he died in 1825. 
Issue^ born at Groton^ Cotitu: 

I. Frederick Ayer, b. ; d. young. 

II. James Cook Ayer, b. 5 May, 1819 ; m. at 

Lowell, Mass., 14 Nov., 1850, Josephine 
Mellen Southwick, dau. of Royal and 
Direxa (Claflin) Southwick, and b. in 
Medway, Mass., 15 Dec, 1827. They 
res. in Lowell. Dr. Ayer was the pioneer 
manufacturer of patent medicines on a 
large scale in this country, and was 
widely known here and abroad. He d. 
3 July, 1878. His widow res. in Paris, 
France, many years, and d. there 3 Jan., 
1898. Both bur. in LowelL 
(See Biographical part of this volume for full 
sketch of Dr. Ayer.) 

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Issue f Three Children: 

I. Frederick Fanning Aver, b. at 

Lowell, Mass., 12 Sept., 1851; 
A. B. Harvard 1873.,; unm., and 
res. at 5 West 5 7 th St., New York 

II. Henry Southwick Ayer, b. at Low- 

ell, Mass., 16 May, 1853 ; unm. 

III. Lesley Josephixe Aver, b. at Low- 

ell, Mass., 20 July, 1855 ; m. at 
New York City, Capt. Frederick 
Pearson of the U. S. Navy. He d. 
in New York City, where his widow 
now res. with their four children. 

III. Fannv Aver, b. 25 Oqt., 1S20 ; d. 23 

Nov., 1835. 

IV. Frederick Ayer, b. 8 Dec, 1822 ; m. ist, 

at Syracuse, N. Y., 15 Dec, 1858, Cor- 
nelia Wheaton, dau. of Charles A. and 
Ellen (Birdsey) Wheaton, and b. at 
Pompey Hill, N. Y., 20 June, 1835. 
Issue ^ Four Children : 

1. Ellen Wheaton Ayer, b. 28 Nov., 
1859 ; m. William Madison Wood, 
and res. at Andover, Mass. 
II. Ja&ies Cook Ayer, 2d, b. 13 Oct., 
1862 ; unm., and res. N. Y. City, 
m. Charles Fanning Ayer, b. 22 Nov., 
1865 ; unm., and res. at Boston. 

IV. Louise Raynor Ayer, b. 17 Jan., 

1876; ra. 3 Sept., 1900, Donald 

Gordon, and res. at Cambridge. 

Mrs. Ayer d. at Lowell where they res., 

9 Jan., 1878, and Frederick Ayer m. 2d 

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:U St. raiil, Minn., 15 July, i.S,S.|, KHeii 
Banning of St. Paul, dau. of William 
Lowber and Mary (Sweeny) Banning. 
Frederick Ayer was for some years active 
head of the J. C. Ayer Co., Lowell ; now 
president of the American Woolen Co., 
a cor]>oration with :>50,ooo,ooo capital ; 
is director of the Elevated Railway of 
Boston and of several other large cor- 
porations. Res. at 395 Commonwealth 
Ave., Boston. 

Issue : 

I. Beatrice Banning Ayer, b. 1 2, Jan., 


II. Frederick Aver, b. 7 May, 188S. 

III. Mary Kvtharine Ayer, b. 3 Sept., 


V. LoviSA Ayer, b. 24 Dec, 1825 ; m. at 

Skaneateles, N. Y., 27 May, 1S46, Ardcn 

Moflfitt, and res. in Creston, Cromwell 

Co., Iowa, where she d. 16 Jan., 1901. 

Issue: five children. 

VI. George Ayer, b. la Feb., 1796; m. ist, at 

Stonington, Conn., 16 May, 1S31, Almira 

Wealthy Avery of Stonington, dau. of Stephen 

and Elizabeth (Morgan) Avery. They res. at 

Groton, and had issue George Ayer who d. at 

age of 18 years. She d. at Groton 30 Nov., 

^^ZSf ^^d is bur. in the Ayer Burying Ground. 

He m. 2d, at LedyaYd, Conn., in May, 1839, 

Julia Ann Stoddard, dau. of Ebcnezer and 

I^ydia (Williams) Stoddard, and res. on the 

Ayer farm at Groton. She d. there 23 July, 

1854. He d. at Ledyard, 23 Feb., 1891. Both 

bur. in the Ayer Burying Ground. 

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Issue by secofhi wi/^ : 
1. AuiiKA Aykk, b. 17 May, 1840. 
II. Fanny Aver, b. 14 May, 1841; d. 21 
May, i88u 

III. Lydia Ayer, b. 37 May, 1843 ; d. 13 May, 


IV. JuuA Aykr, b. 19 April, 1854. 

vn. LoviSA Aykr, b. 9 Sept., 1799; m. at Groton, 
Conn., 19 April, 1820, James Cook of Pres- 
ton, Conn. They res. at Lowell, Mass., of 
which city he served as mayor, and where he 
d. 10 April, 1884, and she d. 25 April, 1891. 
They had five ch., all of whom d. in infancy, 
vni. Mary Ann Aver, b. 20 April, 1802. She res. 
at the Ayer farm in Conn., and later in Lowell, 
Mass., where she d. unm., 7 Oct., 18S9. 
+ 162. vii. Fredf.rick', b. at Groton, Conn., xi Feb., 1760. 
+ 163. vm. Elkanah*, b. at Groton, Conn., 17 Oct., 1762. 
164. IX. Elisha*, b. at Groton, Conn., 18 June, 1765. He 
never ra. Was an invalid and res. with his mother 
until her death, when he went to live with his brother 
Thomas in Norwich and res. there until his death 
2 7 Feb., X 829, in the 64th year of his age. Interred 
in the family lot in the old Norwich City Cemetery. 
His estate was inventoried, 27 April, 1829, ad- 
dition to inventory, X4 Oct., 1829, and its dis- 
tribution to his brothers and sisters was recorded 
at Norwich, 22 Dec, X829. 

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65. WILLIAM* FANNING, b. about 1741, 
Edmitnd^^ Edmund'^^ Edmund^) 
m. at 


dau. of 
and b. at 

William Fanning, s. of William and Ann (Minor) Fan- 
ning of Groton, Conn., was born there about 1741. 

He inherited in 1 76S from his grandfather, Edmund 
Fanning (No. 10), 150 acres of the old Fanning farm at 
Groton, his brother James inheriting a like number of 
acres at the same time. William's 'and bordered James's 
on the north, and included the old Fanning Burying 
Ground. Traces of two houses are found on this tract 
one called the "Tenty" Fish house, southeast of the 
Burying Ground, and the other in the middle of the farm. 
The cellar-hole to the latter is plainly visible. This house 
was owned and occupied in 1787 by Samuel Williams, 2d, 

Arc 28(1769) 

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and lay 73 rods north of the Barnes house, and probably 
was William Fanning's residence. (See Map in another 
part of this volume showing a complete survey of thisfitfm.) 
William was one of the executors of his grandfather's 
will in 1768, and administrator of his brother James's 
estate in 1769. He sold 70 acres of the westerly portion 
of his farm, 10 May, 1776, for ^^165-6-11, and 100 acres, 
15 March, 1777, for^sSO-»-3» to Samuel Williams, 3d.* 
In the latter deed he reserved " the Burying place on the 
premises containing J^ of an acre, also the dwelling house 
where Ambrose Fish now lives, and one half of the grist- 
mill which belongs to said Fish." 

There is no trace of William Fanning after this date 
and he probably removed to some other place.f A William 
FanningrShoemaker, is mentioned in an old account book 
of Joseph A. Gallup of Ledyard. Whether be was William i 
Fanning, No. 65, is undetermined. | 

Issue: j 

165. r. EdmUxVd*, b. at{ (No further record.) 

*Groton Deeds, Book viii^ pp. 69 and 158. 

t A William Fanning was of Whitcstclfi^; Montgomery Co., N. V., in 1789, 
and of Schuyler, Herkimer Co., N. Y., in 1797, who appeara to have had a 
son Edmund, lx>rn 1760 to 1770, who married Mercy Corp, and resided at 
Boonville, Oneida Co., N. Y., dying there in Sept., 1835. Edmund had elcTen 
children, some of whom lived and died at Boonville. Whether this William 
was No. 65 has not been ascertained, bat it is not at all improbable, axid the 
Author is inclined to this belief. 

X Among the original papers at Stonington, in William Fanning's settle- 
ment of his administration of his brother James's estate in 1769, is this item; 
*'To £^ being for one half horse, by agreement with James Fanning as given 
Edmund Fanning, son (0 IVm. by Eilmuud deceased." This is the only 
record of any children of William Fanning, No. 65. See also note under 
\Ytlliam Fanning, No. 24, page 119 

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66. GEORGE* FANNING, h. aluml 17.13, (m//t\iM\ 
EdmunU^^ Eiimiiiul'^^ Edmund^) 

m. at Groton, Conn., about 1770. 

Eunice Barnes, 
dan. of Asa and { ) Barnes, 

and b. at Groton, Conn., 27 March, 1748. 

George Fanning, son of William and. Ann (Minor) 
Fanning, was bom at Groton, Conn., about 1743. He 
was a farmer, and resided on the old Fanning farm, near 
Lantern Hill, all his lifetime. His brothers, William and 
James, had inherited by will in 176S all the lands in 
Groton of their grandfather, Edmund Fanning, which 
included the greater portion of the original Fanning 
homestead in that town. James's portion was the southern 
part, and included the okUiiansion house. James died, 
however, in 1 769, intestate, and without issue, and his 
portion of the farm, which was 100 acres, was distributed 
to his brothers and sisters by freeholders appointed by 
the Court. George Fanning received as his portion, 21 
April, 1769, a twelve acre lot, with the mansion house 
thereon, (excepting such rights in the dwelling house as 
were set out to Edmund's widow). George afterwards 
purchased of his brother Roger, 26 April, 1771, his thir- 
teen acre lot adjoining on the east. 

He continued to reside on this portion of the home- 
stead until 28 Feb., 1775, when he sold out his 25 or 30 
acres, with the buildings and mansion thereon, to Ezra 
Barnes of Groton. The old building was torn down soon 
after, and the present structure erecled, which is to-day 
known as the Barnes house. This building is a little 
northeast of the original site, and has in its kitchen the 
original ovens that were in the old building, and one or 
two of the old doors. Directly south of the house a few 
rods is the old well, and northeasterly is the old corn crib. 

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(See photogravure of the Karnes house in another part 
iii this vuhiiiic.) 

No record appears of George Fanning's service in the 
Continental army during the Revolutionary War, and he 
probably did not serve, as his death occurred in less than 
a year after the opening of hostilities. 

George Fanning died intestate at Groton early in 1776. 
His inventory was taken 3 April, that year, at ;^i 20-1 8- 
10, and mentioned no land or buildings. He was buried 
near the Main Burying Ground, so called, southeast of 
Leeds Main's house (now, 1902, occupied by Miss Lura 
Main), and sometimes called the Fish Burying Ground. 
No headstone, however, was erected, and the grave can- 
not now be distinguished among a dozen others there. 
AVhen his wid- .^-^ ^ 

ow died an ef- /^^ ^ C^^^ ,^. 

fort was made L/^jC^^C iT/Z^l/Z^^^f 
to establish the /J A ^ 

location of his ^ 

grave,butwith- Age 26 (1769) 

out success. The widow died at Groton, 21 Aug., 1829, 
in her 82d year, at the house of her son James, (the 
present Lyman Latham house), and is buried at Sand Hill 
Burying Ground in Ledyard, where her headstone still 

Issue ^ recorded at Groton: 
166. I. Eunice*, b. at Groton, Conn., 7 April, 1771 ; m. at 
John Dewey of Preston, Conn., b. in 


Issue^ all bom at Preston^ Conn. : 

I. Hannah Dewey, b. ; m. 

a Warren of Athens Co., Ohio. 

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II. John Dewey, b. 1799 1 ^a* ^^^^ 

d. at Preston, 6 May, 1S64, and left a dau., Mrs. 
Marilla Buell, now living at Westchester, Conn. 

III. WiLUAM Dewey, b. • Was a sailor, 

and was drowned at sea. 

IV. Lemuel Dewey, b. 

V. George Dewey, b. 

VI. Nancy Dewey, b. ; m. a Myers and 

lived in Ohio. 

VII. Charles Dewey, b. ; m. at Preston, 

S Sept., 1824, 

vin. F.VXNY Dewey, b. 15 Feb., 1810; m. ist, Buck- 
ley Buell ; 2d, Anthony Palmer. She lived in 
Portland, Conn., and was bur. in Westchester, 
Conn. She and Lydia were twins. 

IX. Lydia Dewey, b. , iSio; m. at 

Joshua Barstow, and lived in Ohio. She and 
Fanny were twins. 

X. EujAH Dewey, b. 4 Jan., 181 2 ; m, at Preston, 

Conn., 5 April, 1 833, Harvey of that town, 

dau. of Capt. Joseph Harvey. Elijah d. there, 
27 Sept., 1869. 
XI. D.\UGHi*ER, b. 4 Jan., 1S12 ; d. in infancy. She 
and Elijah were twins. 
John Dewey, senior, d* at Poquetanuck, Conn., 25 
May, 1848. Eunice d. there 14 March, 1849. 
+ 167. 11, James*, b. at Groton, Conn., 5 July, 177a, 
16S. III. KrrvRAH*, b. at Groton, Conn., 4 Aug., 1776; m. a 
Randall, an:! removed to Long Island. 

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68. ROGER* FANNING, b. about 1749, ( WiUiam^ 

Edmufid^^ Edtnund^^ Edmund^) 

m. at GrotoD, Conn., about 1771, 

Prudence Stantoxii 
dau. of John and Prudence (Chesebrough) Stanton, who^ 
res. on ''Pumpkin Hill/' Groton (now Ledyard), and b, 
there, 7 Nov., 1754. Prudence was sister to Capt. Amos 
Stanton, who was killed at Fort Griswold, 6 Sept., 1781. 
Paternally she descended from the famous Indian fighter, 
Capt. George Denison, and from Thomas Stanton, the 
interpreter. Maternally it is claimed that she descended 
from John Alden of the Mayflower, through his son, David 
Alden, who married Mary Southworth. 

Capt. Roger Fanning was born at Groton, Conn., about 
1749. He was a minor of more than fourteen years of 
age when his brother, James Fanning (No. 64) of Gro- 
ton, was appointed his guardian, i Dec, 1767. Roger 
learned the trade of a shipwright. Afterwards he actively 
followed the sea and became a sea captain. 

Roger Fanning inherited from his brother James, 21 
April, 1769, 13 acres of the old Fanning farm at Groton, 
which was part of the original grant to Edmund Fanning, 
Sr., in 1664. This lot Roger sold to his brother George, 
26 April, 177X. He also owned 4J4 acres covering the 
locality where the Seth Williams house now stands, and 
extending northeasterly across the highway, and which 
was also a part of the ancestral tract. This lot he bought 
of his sister Freelove, 11 March, 1773, and he sold it, 17 
Aug., 1774, to Samuel Williams 3d. On this lot he cvi- 
dendy built his dwelling house, and resided there for a 
brief period. 

At the outbreak of the Revolutionary War Capt. Roger 
Fanning espoused the cause of the American Colonics. 
On the 30lh of May, 1776, he was appointed carpenter 

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of llic ••Sliark/' a n>w galley hiiilt al Norwith. She was 
inaniictt by a crew of fil'ly men incliuling oHiccrs, atui 
carried two cannon, a nine- and six-poundcr, besides 
small arms, lances, poles, and other weapons of war. 
During 1776 the Shark, with two other galleys built in 
Connecticut, was ordered to New York City. Her first 
commander was Theophilus Stanton, but when ordered 
to active service, Capt. Roger Fanning was appointed to 
the command. The vessel was in operations on the North 

On the 13th of Feb., 1777, he sent in his accounts as 
co'.nmander of the Shark, from the 29th of Oct. to the 
iSth of Dec, 1 776, and as keeper from the 18th of Dec., 
1776 to the 15th of Feb., 1777, which together with his 
account for rations amounted to ;^22-ii-i. The whole 
amount was allowed on the 26tli of March, 1777.* The 
Shark being captured by the British, during the follow- 
ing summer, Capt. Roger Fanning is supposed to have 
returned to Groton, where he died about April, 1779. The 
inventory of his estate was taken at Groton, 3 May, 1 779, 
by John Morgan and Christopner Morgan, and amounted 
to ;^9 2-9-0. On the ist of June of that year the Pro- 
bate Court at Stonington appointed Prudence Fanning, 
his widow, administratrix of his estate. That being re- 
ported insolvent, the Court appointed commissioners, Col. 
Nathan Gallup and Capt. Stephen Billings, 7 Sept., 1 779, 
to examine claims of creditors, which they did and made 
report, 19 Oct., that the estate was insolvent. 

After Roger's death Prudence married second, Capt. 
William Williams 4th, born at Groton, 17 Feb., 174c. 
They resided in that part of the town afterwards called 
Ledyard, and in the house sittiated on what is now the 
town farm. He was in the Revolutionary army, was 

* Viie Cojinecticul rrinted Records, Vol. 1., 1776-177S, p. 201. 

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20 1 

lieut. in Capt. Morgan's company in the Eighth Conn. 
Kcgtincnt, was wounded^ tnca|KiciUitc(I and honorably 

Age 20(1769) 

discharged, and returned to his home in Groton. He was 
commissioned captain in 1781. He d. x8 Nov., 1814, 
aged 74 years. Prudence d. 23 Sept., 1825, in her 71st 
yean Both buried in the Williams Burying Ground on 
** Cider Hill," Ledyard; headstones now standing. 

Capt. William Williams had an eldest son, William, Jr., 
b, 13 Oct., 17S0; also son Erastus Williams, b. 16 Sept., 
X785, who served in the War of 181 2, and was at the 
bombardment of Stonington, 10 Aug., 18 14, and whose 
daughter, Lydia, m. William Fish of Mystic, Conn. She 
d. 8 Oct., 1896, and left Mary Fish Wolfe, now living at 
West Mystic. Capt. William Williams also had a daugh- 
ter, Sarah, b. 6 Nov., 1790, who m. Eiisha Ayer, Jr., and 
was the mother of Hope Ayer who m. Lafayette Hamil- 
ton Griswold now residing at Groton. 
Issue by Roger Fanning: 
169. 1. FREELOVE',b. at Groton, Conn., about 1773 ; m. at North 
Groton, Eiisha Williams, younger brother of William 
Williams, who m. Prudence Stanton Fanning. He was 
a lawyer and lived in North Groton, where he d. i Sept., 
1809, a. 63; buried in the Williams Burying Ground. 
After his death Freelove went to live with her son Eiisha 
in Penn. but later returned to North Groton. She d. 
at Mrs. Bathsheba Stanton's in Lcdyard, in Feb., 1839, 

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a. (id years, and was buried in the Williams Burying 
Ground. She was a nurse by profession. 
I. Hannah Williams, lived at Groton and later with 
her brother Elisha in Penn., where she d. unm. 

II. Elisha Williams, went to Penn. and d. there. 

III. Prudence Williams, removed to Buck Run, 

/Vdams Co., Ohio, where she m. N. S. Amy. 

IV. Amos A. Williams, lived in Ohio, probably at Buck 

Run ; was a builder ; also high sheriff. 

V. Whitman Williams, lived in Ohio. 

VI. Mercy Williams, m. Capt. Richard Burnet of 
Groton, where she d. Bur. in Williams B. G. 
There were perhaps Alden and John in addition 
to above, and the list may not be in order. 
170. II. Cassandra^ b. at Groton, Conn., about 1775 \ ^» ^^ 
North Groton, 24 Feb., 1793, Benajah' Cook of Pres- 
ton, b. 19 Dec, 1759 (John*, John', Stephen^ Greg- 
ory*). They removed to Harlem, Delaware Co., O. 
Issue : 

I. Bknajah Stanton Cook, b. 4 Aug., 1 794 ; lived 

at Harlem, O., and had a large family, and 2d w. 

II. Cassandra Cook, m. Dr. George Converse and 

lived at Georgesville, Franklin Co., Ohio. 
HI. James Cook, d. 2 April 1827, having just com- 
pleted the study of medicine. 

IV. Calvin Cook, d. 13 Dec, 1831. 

V. Ll'CV Cook, m. Mr. Mann ; probably moved to la. 
VI. Selina Cook, m. William Fancher; lived in Har- 
lem, O. ; d. before 1S50. His father was from L.I. 

VII. Desire Cook, m. and lived in Harlem, Ohio. 
VIII. John Cook, living in 1850. 

IX. I^vina Cook (probably) living in 1840. 

X, Elisha Cook, d. previous to 15 Nov., 1850. 

Above probably not in order of birth. 

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73. PHINEAS' FANNING, b. 1743, (JaiuMatfJona' 
ikatf, Edmuni^^ £dmmnd^) 

Zerviah Stanton, 
daa. of Capt John and Pnidence (Chesebrough) Stanton, 
and b, at Groton, Conn, (in that part afterward Ledyard), 
II Sept, 174a. 

Phineaa Fanning, aon of Jonathan and Mary ( ) 

Fanning, was bom at Groton, Conn., 16 Nov., 1743, and 
resided in that town on the portion of the old Fanning fiirm 
that was left him by his father in 1795. It was in extent 
about fifty acres. It included the old Fanning house now 
standing a few rods northwest of the present Alonso 
Main dwelling, and was bounded on the east by Mystic 
Brook, north by Lantern Hill Pond and land of heirs of 
Joseph Stanton, west by Hopkins land then occupied by 
David Fanning, and south by land of Capt. Samuel Wil* 
liams, Manassah Short and Ambrose Fish. (Fordescrip- 
tion and bounds of this farm see will of Jonathan Fanning 
(No. 31 ) on page 124, and also map of the Fanning fium 
in another part of this volume.) 

Phineas Fanning resided on this farm until he sold it 
to Capt John Holmes, 19 April, 1799, for jC^oo.^ It 
was then estimated as containing about 70 acres, and was 
the last remnant to be sold of the old Fanning fiurm at 
Groton that had remained in the fiunily since 1664. 

Phineas Fanning served in the Revolutionary War, en- 
listing at Groton^ Conn., 9 May, 1775, as a private in 
Capt Abd Spicer's loth Co., in CoL Samuel H. P^ursons* 
Regiment All the officers of this company were from 
Groton. He served until 18 Dec, 1775. '^^ following 
year he reentered the service, enlisting as sergeant, 8 
Sept, 1776, in Capt John Morgan's Co. in Col. Oliver 

^Gfoioa Deedtr Book XIIL, p. ia6. 

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Smitii't 8th Rexirocnt of Mflitia, wUch aenred at New 
Yoik that year. Hia time <tf aenrioe was antil 17 Nor., 
1776. Hb name abo appean on a liat of Capt* John 
Morgan's Company that niarcfaediipoii an alarm, 6 Septv 
1781, at the invasion oTNew London, and was paid for 
three days* senrice at that time.* 

Phineas Fanning may have had a son John, wiio was 
the ''grandson** mentioned in Jonathan Fannhig's (No. 
31) will in 1786. If not, the ''grandson John** most have 
been son of Asher Fanning (No. 74). 

No fiuther record <tf Phineas Fanning appeals at Gn>- 
ton or at Stonington, and it is sapppsed he r emoved and 
setded elsewhere. A Phineas Fanning was of Norwich, 
Chenango Co., N. Y., 8 May, 1804, on which date he 
mortgaged to Henry Huntington of Rome a mtain tract 
of land in Norwich, which was part of lot No. 35 in town- 
ship No. 14. 

He is again mentioned, diis time with wife Zetviah, so 
March, 1816, as of Ptcston, same County and State, when 
he seUs the lot to Elisha PiMfcer of that town. 

Whether diis Phineas Fanning was identical with the 
Conn, one of that name does not appear, bnt it is quite 
probable, as there was a huge eiodas of Conn, people to 
New York State abont 1803-4. 

No record appears of any chfldren of Phineas and 
Zenriah, although further research might reveal it. 

•Vide Coa atcriraf Hlitoriol C ol kcri a a i, VoL vm^ p. st6w 

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74. ASHBR* PANNING, I>. about 1 745, {JomUhan\ 

Jonaihaff^ J£t/mun4i\ EdmunU^) 

m. at Preston, Conn., 13 June, 1768, 

Priscilla Kinne, 
dau. of John and Ann (Ayers) Kinne, 
and b* at Voluntown, Conn.| 18 Nov., 1749. 

John Kinne of Preston, Conn., was son of Dea. Jere- 
miah and Mary (Starkweather) Kinne of Preston* he son 
of Dea. llionias and Martha (Cox) Kinne of Salem, Mass. 
and Preston, Conn., he son of Tliomas and Elizabeth 
(Knight) Kenny of Salem, he son of Henry and Ann 
( ) Kene of Salem, now Danvexs, Mass., who d. 

there in 17x3, and came probably from Holland. 

Asher Fanning, son of Jonathan and Mary ( ) 

Fanning, was b. at Groton, Conn., about tne year 1745* 
He was a farmer and carpenter, and res. at i'reston, Conn., 
and possibly also at Groton. He is not mentioned on 
the Preston or Groton records after his marriage, nor 
are the births of any children recorded. The records 
state that he and his wife were */both of Preston " at the 
time of their marriage in 1768. He removed to and 
settled in Massachusetts (supposed in Hampshire Co.) 
about the lime of the Revolutionary War, although the 
name does not appear on the Probate Records or the 
Registry of Deeds of Hampshire Co., at Northampton, 
Mass. Later he setded in Gorham, Ontario Co., N. Y., 
where he res. until his decease. 

His name appears in Vol. v. of ''Massachusetts Sol- 
diers and Sailors of the Revohidonary War"* as ''Corporal 
Asher Famng'' inCapt Joseph Warner's Co., Col. Rug- 
gles Woodbridge's Regiment ; engaged x 7 Aug. (also given 
x8 AugOf 1777; discharged 39 Nov., 1777; service, 3 
roos., ax days, travel included, on expedition to Northern 
Department. And again as Private Asher Fanning in 

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CapL Benjamin Boimey's ComptDy, CoL Eliiha Porter^i 
(Hampiliiie .C9^ Mui^) Reghnentp enHstcd si July, 
1779, dbchaged 37 Aug., 1779 ; lenrice, t mo^ is daj^ 
timyd indnded, ftt New Ixmdon, Conn. RoD dated at 
Chesterfield, (Mass.). . ' 

Asber Fanning is mentioned in his frthex's will made 
in 1786, and was a legatee to the eitent cijQts* 

He d. intestiue in the town of Gorham, Ontario Co., 
N. Y., jnst previoiis to 10 Bfaich, 1816, on iriuch date 
kttm of administration on his estate were granted to 
PrisdDa Fanning, widow, and James Biidsey, fifiend. 

His widow is said to have d. in the townof Goriiamin 
1834, bat their borial pbces have not been learned. 

+171. L Rnioal*, b. at Gioton, Conn., in April, 1775, 
17s. n. ABi0AiL\ b. at , so June, 1777 ; nuin 1798, 

William WQey, formerly of Erie Co., Fenn. They 
res. at Galesborg, OL 

She d. in Fnlton Co., 111., at the honse of her bio- 
ther>in-law, Abram Wangh, while on a visit to her 
relatives there, s6 Aug., 1851, and is bar. at Gales> 

Had son, Aldrich C Vl^ey, who was dooribseper 

*T1m assMS of Ashtr Psaaiag^ cbOdicB arc obtained fraai 
nd BO ncQid of dicB i^pcsn St Gfoioa. 

Tbsva WW a John Paaaiaib bom ia 1769, wbo ftiidod st Black Rock (a 
mbsib of BdUo),EilB Co^ N. Y^ and who died tkani» 6 April, tgjt, i«ad 

te. HbwiiiwasAaqr ^. They bad Bfa»ckadisa,aaM»gwhoM«m 

IRalasW.Faa^iilbaBditwoaldBOt bo aa ■-nftra- 
\ that Uda Joka Faaaiag was a m of Aikcr aad PrfadUa 
(Kiaaa) Faaaiag No. 74. Aa cxkaattlvo rcaearck kaa aot» kowairar, to te 
piovodiL A datceadaBl of Joka Faaaiag k JaoMS B. Tirew, I 

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of the House of Representatives, Washington, D. C.| 
and d. about T875 ; and possibly other ch. 
+ X 73. UL Jonathan^, b. at , Mass., about x 780. 

174. IV. Sabrina', b. at , Mass., ; m. xst 
* a Nicliols and 2d a Mallory who 9. at age of 94. Mrs. 

Dr. McDowell of Canton, 111., is a grand-dau. No 
further information is obtainable. 

175. V. Priscilla*, b. at Worthington, Mass., 15 April, 1786 ; 

m. at Geneva, N. Y., 27 April, 1806, Col. John Hall. 
He was a saddler, and res. at Canandaigua, N. Y. and 
21ancsvillc, O.; b. 20 Feb., 1781. 

He was in the war of 181 2. Was a receiver of 
public moneys in Zanesville, O., under Presidents 
Jackson and Van Buren. 

She d. at Zanesville, O., 3 Sept., 1850. 
He d. at Zanesville, O., 22 Nov., 1862. Both are 
bur. there. 


I. Austin Kinney Hall, b. at Canandaigua, N. Y., 

2 Dec, 1S07 ; m. Mary Mitchell of Phila. He 

d. at Zanesville, O., in 1858. Issue four ch.; 

two were living in 1902 in New York City : 

Harvey W , and Elizabeth Hall Pillsbury. 

II. EvEUNE (or Evalvn) Loui&v Hall, b. at Canan- 
daigua, N. Y«, 4 Oct.,. 1809 ; m. at Canandai- 
gua, 30 June, 1831, Aseal Harvey of that town. 
Issue two ch., both deceased. She d. at To- 
ledo, O., 6 June, 1885, and is bur. at Zanes- 
ville, O. 
in. Elizabeth Jane Haix, b. at Canandaigua, N. 
Y., II Sept., 1811 ; m. I Dec, 1831, WiHiam 
C. Scott of Zanesville, O. She d. at New York 
8 Jan., 1890, and is bur. at Lenox, Mass. One 
dau., Frances Scott Henclc, now living at Riv- 
erside, Cal. 

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IV. Mauy Makia Ham., b. :il Canamlaigua, N. Y., 

27 Aug., iSij; in. at Z;incsvillc, (>., GScpt., 
1843, James Albion Hirockmorton of Zancs- 
villc, where lliey res. until 1881, and after that 
at CoIiiniI)US, O. Issue, six ch., of whom three 
are living : Sarah H. at Toledo ; Frances H., 
m. to John Quincy Judkins of Columbus, O. ; 
and Jennie R., m. to Samuel Johnson Hall of 
Toledo, O. 

J^ es A. Throckmorton d. at Columbus, 
O., 21 ec, 1896. 

His widow d. at Columbus, 2 Feb., 1900, 
at the house of her son-in-law, J. Q. Judkins, 
and is bur. at Zanesville. 

V. John Asiier Hall, b. at Zanesville, O., ii Feb., 

1816; m, at Phila., Penn., Catherine Mitch- 
ell of that city ; six ch., three now living : 
Kate, m. to J. B. Bailey, Tyndall, S. D. ; Han- 
nah, m. to Robert B. Beales ; and Priscilla, 
m. to A. W. Beales, Fort Calhoun, Neb. 

He d. s Feb., 1874. She d. * 
Both bur. at Fort Calhoun, Neb. 

VI. Jane Louisa Hall, b. at Zanesville, O., 16 April, 

1818 ; d. at Zanesville, 7 Feb., 1824. 
vu. Frances Ann Hall, b. at Zanesville, O., 7 July, 
1820; m. at Zanesville, 26 April, 1842, Jer- 
ome B. Howard. 

She d. at Toledo, O., 26 May, 1899, and is 
bur. at Zanesville. No issue. 

VIII. Charles Augustus Hall, b. at Zanesville, O., 

19 March, 1823 ; m. at La Salle, Monroe Co., 
Mich., 5 Feb., 1850, Janet Withington. 
He d. at Erie, Mich., 14 March, 1889. 

IX. Jacob Burrows Hall, b. at Zanesville, O., 12 

April, 1825 ; d. at Independence, 8 May, 1849. 

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X. ITemry IlAr.i., h. at Zanosvillc, ()., 31 Aug., 1827 ; 
III. Mrs. Kannic Alibotl of Toledo, (). 

He d. 8 Dec, 1882 and is bur. at Toledo, O. 
Issue : John Henry and Joshua Storey Hall, 
both living at Cincinnati. 
XI. Jane Hall, b. at Zanesville, O., 31 May, 1831 ; 
m. at Zanesville, 4 April, 1849, William D. 
Rogers of that town. 

She d. 1 1 Oct., 1S78, and is bur. at St. Paul, 
Minn. Issue : one ch. who d. in infancy. 

176. VI. AuRiLiA*, b. at , in 1793 ; in. at , 

Abram Waugh, and res. at Galesburg, and also in 
Fulton Co., 111., many years. 

He d. at in Oct., 1854. 

She d. at 21 March, 1864. Both bur. 

in Saunders Cemetery, Putnam Township, Fulton 
Co., 111. 

177. VII. Daughter*, b. at ; m. Jonathan Phelps 

of Canandaigua, N. Y. They res. at Canandaigua, 
I. Ursuia Phelps, b. ; m. a Poor and 

had issue William and Kittie Poor. 
II. Laura Phelps, b. ; m. a Lee and 

had issue Laura and Augusta Lee, the latter 
b. about 1830. 
ni. Egbert Phelps, b. 

IV. Priscilla Phelps, b. . She never 

m. but res. witli her father at Canandaigua. 

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77. JONATHAN* FANNING, b. 1754, {David\ 

Jonathan*^ Edmund*^ Edmund'^) 

m, at Groton, Conn., 5 April, 17S1, 

Eunice Fish, 
dau. of Titus and Lucretia (Williams) Fish,* 
ard b. at Stonington, Conn., 12 Oct., 11^2.^ 

Titus Fish and Lucretia Williams, both of Stonington, 
Conn., were m. 17 Nov., 1757, and had son David, b. 31 
Oct., 1760, and dan. Eunice, b. 12 Oct., 1762.} Titus Fish 
was b. 13 March, 172S-9, son of David and Grace (Pal- 
mer) Fish, who were m. 30 March, i720-i.§ Eight ch. 
of David and Grace (Palmer) Fish are recorded at Ston- 
ington, and among them Ambrose Fish, b. 21 Aug., 1 737, 
who dot ''ess lived in the "Tenty" P'ish house, near the 
old Fannii. Burial Ground in Groton. 

Capt. Jonavhan Fanning, 2d, (so called to distinguish 
him from his uncle Jonathan, No. 31), was b. at Groton, 
Conn., 2 or 13 March, 17s4.ll 

He res. at Groton and Stonington, Conn., and later 
settled in New York State. Early in life he showed in- 
clination for the sea, and made many minor voyages 
previous to his twentieth year. When the Revolutionary 
War broke out he sided with the American Colonies. 

On the first of August, 1774, he shipped on board the 
brig " Nancy," commanded by Capt. Henry Billings, and 
sailed to the Island of Guadeloupe ; the object of the 
voyage was to obtain military stores for the support and 
defense of the United Colonies. Upon his arrival at 
Guadeloupe, about the first of September, he was ap- 
pointed mate of said brig, and served in that capacity 

• Sionington Rcconls, T5oolc HI., p. 193. fl^i^- X Ihid. 
^ Ilii .!., Uook II., p. 48. 

:, lli'j Connecticut Kccords give date 2 March, 1754J descendants say 13 
M.-:ch, 1754. 

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about eight months. During the month of February, 
1776, he was employed on board the ship ''Trumbull/' 
fitting her for sea. In March, 1776, he shipped on board 
a galley called the ''Shark/' which was built at Norwich, 
and commanded at that time by Capt. Theophilus Stan- 
ton, afterward commanded by Capt. Roger Fanning (No. 
68). This galley, with five others, proceeded to New 
York, where it arrived about the fifth of July, 1776, and 
anchored in the Hudson River, a short distance from the 
city. The fleet of row-galleys was then ordered to move 
up the river and attack two British ships. The engage- 
ment took place near Peekskill, and lasted about two and 
one-half hours, when the row-galley fleet was obliged to 
retreat down the river. He served at this time about 
eight months. On December 20, 1778, he shipped on 
board the vessel " Governor Trumbull," commanded by 
Capt. Henry Billings, and sailed to the West Indies ; was 
there taken prisoner by a British vessel and carried to the 
harbor of Saint John's, on Antigua Island, where he was 
confined for about five months. He then made his es- 
cape, and, by taking a vessel manned by negroes, made 
hts way into a French port on the Island of Guadeloupe, 
where he was again apprehended as a spy and detained 
for fourteen days. Upon being liberated he returned on 
board a schooner to North Carolina, where he arrived 
about the first of July, 1779. From there he proceeded 
to his home in Connecticut, and probably did not again 
enter the service. In April, 1 780, he was employed for 
about one month in fitting out a ship at New London. 

At the close of the War Capt. Jonathan Fanning res. 
in Groton, on what is known as the Dr. John O. Miner 
place, and now (1903) owned and occupied by Charles 
Culver, whose father, l)ea. Culver, purchased the property 
of John Owen Miner, and he of David Fish of Stoniugton 

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in 1793, and lie of Jon;Uh:iii Kniininj^Jii.s hroflirr in-1;uv, 
13 Oct., 17S7, for ;;^'ioo.* The three acres belonging 
to this place, and the buildings on it, Jonathan Fanning, 
then "of Stonington" bought of his brother, Elisha, 17 
Oct., 1782.1 It is situated on the road running north 
from Centre Groton, at the fork of the Gales Ferry and 
Ledyard roads, and near the ministry land on which the 
first church at Groton formerly stood. 

Dr. Miner built the present house on the premises, the 
long ell to which is said to have belonged to the old Fan- 
ning house built by Elisha Fanning. 

The following is a copy of a writ served on Jonathan 
Fanning and others about this time, which is not without 
interest : 

"To Isaac Gallup of Groton in the County of New 
London an Indifiercnt person no proper officer to Serve 
this writ being to be had without Great Expence & In- 
convenience. Greeting 

By Authority of the State of Connecticut You are here- 
by Commanded to Attach the Goods or Estate of Manas- 
sah Short John Goore Amos Williams 2* Jonathan Fanning 
2"" and Rufus Williams all of Said Gruton and Beebe Den- 
ison of Stonington in ^ County 2*". To the Value of one 
thousand pounds Lawfull money and for want thereof to 
take thear Uodies, if to be found in your precinct and 
them Safe Keep and have to appear befor the City Court 
to be held at in & for the City of New London in s**. 
County on the first monday of April next then and there 
to answer unto William Richards of the City of New Lon- 
don in said County in a plea of the Case wherein the 
PlaintifT declars & says that on the 26'** day of Febu^ In- 
stant it for »^ore than twelve month before he was one 
of the ShcrifT'of said City and a Constable of the town 
of New London in said County & in both said offices duly 
authorized appointed and Sworn, and as such had in his 
hands & office directed to him in due form of law to Serve 

♦ Groton Deeds, Book x., p. 274, 

tlbid., p. 146. 

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mul Return by lawriill Atilhority four Scvonil writs of al- 
lacliiiic'iil :ill a};:iiiisl Ji'(lcili:ili Ia*c<Is uf (Srulon in s;ii(l 
Counly, viz, one in favor of Thomas Mumfoni Daniel 
Rodman & Giles Mumford on Note for one hundred 
pounds Lawful! Money one other in faver of the same on 
Book for the Sum of fifty pounds I^awf. Money, one in 
faver of Amosa Learned for the Sum of one hundred 
pounds Lawfull Money and one other in faver of the same 
for the Sum of fifty pounds Lawfull money all returnable to 
the City Court to be held at in & for the City of New London 
on the first monday of April next all Dated 26'** Febuary 
& Signed by Joshua Coit Justice Peace — and that by Ver- 
tue of said writs of Attachment the Plaintiffdid on s* 26* 
day of febuary attach sieze and take in to his Custady & 
possession as Sheriff as ofores^ a Cartain Sloop called the 
Morris of the Burthen of about fifty Tons then lying in 
the harbour of New London and within the limits of said 
City to gather with hir Cargo, s*. Vessell & Cargo being 
the Property Goods and Estate of the said Jedediah 
I^eeds, and of the Value of three hundred pounds law- 
full Money & that the PItf haveing so seezed & attach* 
Said Sloop & Cargo & havin hir in his Lawfull possession 
by virtue of s* writs the Defendants then and there viz in 
Said City of New London on s**, 26"* day of Febuary with 
force and armes an assault made on the Body of the Pltf 
& him beat & abused and with the same force & armes 
dispossessed the Plaintiff of the said Vessell & Cargo, and 
the same took & carried away and other Injuries and 
Enormities to the Plaintiff the Defendants then and there 
with the force & armes aforesaid did and committed all 
which is to the Damage of the Plaitf the Sume of one 
thousand pounds Lawfull Money to recover which & 
Cost he brings this Suit Hereof fail not, Bonds suffi- 
cient for prosokution being given, and of this writ with 
Your Doings thereon make due Return according to Law 
Dated at New London 26"* day of Febuary 1787 — 

2/ Duty paid & Pltf '\ 
for prosn*" in > 
Due form of Law;^so ) ^o^WikCtm^ Justice cf Peace 

J Coit J P 

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New London County ss. Groton March 2*" a d 1787 
Then by Virtue of this writ I attached one Lot of Land 
lying in Groton afores^. with all the Buildings and appur- 
tenances thereto belonging and is Bounded and De- 
scribed as follows (viz) East by the highway leading from 
M'. John Barbers to the North Meeting house in said 
Groton North on Lands Belonging to the heirs of Nathan 
Daboll Decesed and west and south on the highway lead- 
ing from s*. Barbers by Youngs Perkins Containing by 
Estimation about four acres Said Land and Buildings 
being tendered to me by the plaintiflf to be the Estate of 
Jonathan Fanning 2** of s**. Groton within Named 
Test Isaac Gallup an indiflferent person 

New London County ss. Groton March 5*** a d 1787 
Then by Virtue of this writ I attached one lot of Land 
lying in Groton afores**. Bounded as follows (viz) North 
by Laud belonging to Thomas Hopkins west and South by 
Samuel Williams ^^ Land and East by Jonathan Fanings 
Land Estimated to Contain about twenty acres with the 
Buildings Said Land and Buildings being tendered to me 
by the plaintifl* to be the Estate of the within Named 
iianasseh Short of s**. Groton 

Test Isaac Gallup an Indifferent person 

the within is a true Coppy of the original >vrit and the 
above Indorsments is a true Coppy of my Indorsments 
on said writ 

attest Isaac Gallup an Indiflerent person " 

Jonathan Fanning removed soon after 1787 to New 
York State, settling first at a place called "Big Stone/* 
about forty miles south of Albany. He was living in 
Albany Co., N. Y., in 1803, and at Red Rock, town of 
Chatham, Columbia Co., N. Y., in 181 6, where his wife, 
Eunice, died. He removed to the town of Scipio, Cayuga 
Co., N. Y., 29 March, 1S16, with his dau. Sally, who found 
a good home with her uncle, Titus Fish. Another uncle 
and three of Sally's sisters were living at Scipio and Venice 
at that time. There Jonathan Fanning worked at his 
trade, that of a mason. 

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In the last yean of his life he lived one half of the year 
with his dacL Hannah at Bfant, Erie Co., N. Y., and the 
other half with Sally at Angola, N. Y. 

He used to say that he had crossed the ocean ^fonr 
and forty times.'' He applied for a pension in SepL, iSjs, 
and d. at Evans, Erie Co^ N. Y., 31 May, 1844, at the 
advanced age of ninety years and two months, and b bur. 
at East Evans. 

IBs wife d. at Red Rock, Columbia Co., N. Y., in x8i6. 

178. I. EoNicK*, b. at Gfoton, Conn., 18 Nov., 178a ; m. at 
about x8oa, John Sparling, b. about 1780. 
They lived at Sdpio, Cayuga Co., N. Y. ; removed 
from there in 1836 to Monroe Co., N. Y. 
He. d. near Pontiac, Mich., in 1847. 
Eunice d. at her son Jonathan's house near Brock- 
port, Monroe Co., N. Y., 4 Dec, 186s, and is bur. 

L John Sparuno, b. so Dec, 1804 ; d. in Janes- 

viUe, WiSn in x888. 
n. ALKm SPAnuMO, b. at Scipto, N. Y., 9 Sept, 
x8o6 ; m. at Murray, Orleans Co., N. Y., zz 
Sept, 1833, Cynthia Tyler, b. 4 Jan., Z809. 
They res. in Sweden, Monroe Co., N. Y. 

He d. in Z843 or '44. She d. Z4 July, Z89Z, 
a. 8a y. 6 nu Itsme: 
L Cymthu J. Sparldiq, b. s6 June, 1833 ; 

d« in infancy. 
H. Fbamcb T. Sparuno, b. 9 Dec, Z835; 

now living at Brockport, N. Y. 
m. Hakriet B. Sparuno, b. t8 April, X840. 
IV. Alson C. Sparuno, b. 14 April, 1843 ; d. 
20 April, z88x. 

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JSL EoMici Spakung, b« in 1809 ; m. WDUam Wat- 

IT. WnxiAM SrAKUNG, b. so Much, i8ts ; d. at 

Adams Basan, N. Y., a. so. 
T. JoM»HAN F. SrAKUNG, h. at Sdpio, N. Y., 18 
June, 1817 ; resided at VQIisca, Iowa. Died 
. at Demrert CoL, about 1899, and left two 
sons and two danghten. 
TL Caltdi SrABUNG, b. at Scipio» N. Y., in i8so ; 
m. and d. in Midu Left three sons : Erskine, 
Calvin E. and Eugene. 
TIL Emeumb Sparuno, b. at Sdpio, N. Y., 26 Jane, 
i8ss ; m. James Lambert and had one son 
and one daughter, both deceased, 
▼m. AinxD SraauNG, b. at Sdpio, N. Y., in 18S5 ; 
m. and d. in Bradfoird, F^ and left three ch. 
179. n. LDCRSIU^ b. at Groton, Conn., ; m. 

-31 Jan., 1813, Jacob Morgan, b. so April, 1789, a 
farmer, and res. at Sdpio, Cayuga Co., N. Y. The 
Morgan Genealogy, p. 147, gives the following issae, 
bnt enoneousljr states diat Lncretia Fanning was 
dan. of Sylvester Fanning of Sdpio: 

L NsLmr Moaoui, b. 18 Oct, 1814 ; m. Mary 

n. Julian Mokqam, b^ s6 Aug., 1817 ; d. S9 Nov., 

1831, a. 14. 
m. Silas G. MoaoAM, b. 6 Feb., i8so ; m. Mandana 
S. Arnold. 

IV. WnxiAM Avnr Mobgan, b. s Joty, i8ss ; m. 

gaiyiat^f lm Madier. 

V. Haxvst Mobgah, b. S7 May, 1835 ; m. Jane 

i8o. m. FlRJDBMCif b. at Groton, Conn^ ss Oct, 1785 ; d. 

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181. IT. PcHXT*, b. at Z4 June, 1788 ; m* wt 

17 Feb., 181 19 Calvin Wheat, a ftnner, b. 39 Aug., 
1785, and lived at Sdpio and Venice, Caydga Co., 
N. Y. Pdlly d. 28 Jone, 1874. Cahrin d. it Ang., 


L EmncB WHX4T, b. 29 Ifardi, 1813 ; m. 16 Jnne, 
1839, Eli Jones. She d. 18 Maich, i86s. Thejr 
lived at Slrani^triffip N. Y. 
•n. Locma Wheat, b. is Nov., z8i6 ; m. 11 JaiL, 
1843, Simon Peirigo. SBie d. sa Jan., 1843. 
Lived at Venice, N.Y. 
m. PntUMA Wheat, b. S3 SepL, 1818 ; d. %% May, 

1894, mmu 
nr. CHARLom WHX4T,b. 6 April, i8ai; m. 14 
Nov., 1844, Hixam HilL She d. 10 April, 
1880. Uved at Sdpio, N.Y. 
V. Emily Wheat, b. sz Jane, 18S3 ; m. 8 JaiL, 
1845, Almon Bnlkley. Thej lived at Skaneat* 
eles, N. Y. He d. so Ang., i88i. . Widow 
was living in 1898 at Moravia, N4 Y. 
VL Calvdi Wheat, b. 13 April, i8ss ; d. 16 May, 

vn. Saixy M. Wheat, b. 7 Ang^^ i8s6 ; m. i Jan., 
i846,LorensoBalkley. Lived at Gioton, N.Y. 
vm. JULU Ann Wheat, b. S7 Aug., 1831 ; d. is 
Sept, 184a. 

It is said there were nogrsindchikben in 
Calvin Wheat's fiunfly. 
z8s. T. Child^, who d* young. 

183. VL Beisey*, b. at Berne, Albany Co., N. Y., in 1795 ; m. 

at Berne, N. Y., about 181 s, Lazarus Dotv, a lanner, 

b. II Oct., 1789. They res. in Albany and Monroe 

Counties, N. Y. After tiie death of Betsqr at Adams 


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Basin, N. Y., 17 Oct., 1843, he removed to Clinton 
Co.t Mich., where he m. Fannie Burrows Howard 
and raised a second familj ; after her death he m. 
3d, Rebecca Woodman Miller. He d. at Eagle, 
Qinton Co., Mich., 36 July, 1867. 

IssH€ 0/ Bitsiy and LoMarus: 
L OuvsR DoTT, b. at Berne, Albany Co., N. Y., 
6 Sept., 18x4 ; m. s8 Sept., 1839, Matilda 
Randall, and lived at Eagle, Clinton Co., 
Mich., where he became a wealthy fanner ; 
was a member of the State Legislature a num- 
ber of terms ; was a justice of the peace and 
a prominent man. He d. there si March, 
189 z, and is bur. at Grand Ledge, Mich. His 
widow was living in 1898. Issue : Ira Ran- 
dall, Elmina Ccmelia, Flora Agnes and Mary 
Louisa Doty, 
n. Phoo Doty, b. at Scipio, Cayuga Co., N. Y., 3 
March, 1817 ; m. so July, 1839, Betsey Saw- 
yer, and lived at Eagle, Clinton Co., Mich. 
Issue : EUen, Elsie, Sanford Philo and EUis 
Sawyer Doty, 
m. Chaelis Dorr, b. at Sweden, Monroe Co., N. 
Y.,3x Jan*, 1819; m. 18 May 1849, Elisa- 
beth Holmes. Res. at Eagle, Clinton Co., 
Mich. Issue : Robert Hoy, Mary Elixa and 
Helen Augusta Doty. Robert d. in x866, and 
the other two res. at Eagle, Mich. 
nr. Locv Dorr, b. at Ogden, Monroe Co., N. Y., 
17 Feb., i8so; m. at Sweden, N. Y., xx 
March, 1846, Lorenzo Ward. Res. at Adams 
Basin, N. Y., where she d. 5 Feb., 1898. Had 
son, Andrew F. Ward. 

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V. Laura Doiy, b. at Sweden, Monroe Co., N. Y., 
17 Oct, 1824; m. 21 Sept., 1843, John Mc- 
Millan. Res. Evansville, Wis. ; d. at Hum- 
boldt, Neb. Issue: Lydia, Delphine and Kate. ; 
VI. AuRiUA Doty, b. at Sweden, Monroe Co., N. 
Y., ; m , Enoch Darling, 

a farmer and widower with two ch. ; res. in 
Hudson Township, Mich. Issue : Lillian A. 
and John Darling. 
184. VH. Hannah*, b. at Berne, Albany Co., N.Y., 5 Sept., 1800; 
m.atScipio, N. Y., 15 Nov., 1821, Kester Tracy, b. 
at Scipio, 14 April, 1 798, son of Gilbert Tracy who 
was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, enlisting 
from Preston, Conn. Gilbert Tracy was b. 7 Jan., 
T761, and m. 9 April, 1791, Deborah Woodworth. 
Gilbert d. at Scipio, N. Y., where he had located 
after his services in the army, i June, 1841. 

Kester Tracy lived at Brant, N. Y., and d. at 
Ripley, N. Y., 26 Jan., 1 880. 

Hannah Tracy d. at Ripley, N. Y., 16 June, 1869. 
hsue^ all bom at Brant^ N. K 

I. GusTAVus AdolphusTracv, b. 23 Nov., 1822 ; 

d. in Sept., 1900. 

II. Elvira Miranda Tracy, b. 20 March, 1825 ; 

d. in April, 1895. 

III. Alson Sparling Tracy, b. 9 June, 1827. 

IV. LucRETiA Morgan Tracy, b. 31 March, 1830. 

V. Seneca Tracy, b. 14 June, 1833 ; d. i April, 


VL Oliver Tracy, b. 13 Feb., 1835 ; d. infancy. 

VII. Sanford Apmjeton Tracy, b. 21 May, 1836. 
Issue : six ch., among them Elvira Tracy, 
now living at Buffalo, N. Y., unm. 
VIII. Albert Hallkr Tracy, b. 17 April, 1S39. 

IX. Amelia Hannah Tracy, b. 18 Aug., 1845. 

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183. vni. Sarah*, Uornc, Albany Co., N.Y., 26 June, 1.^03 ; 

ni. at Scipio, Cayuga Co., N, Y., 27 Feb., 1822, 

William Martin. Moved to Nunda, N. Y. and in 

1S33 to Evans, Erie Co., N. Y. 


I. James Jackson Martin, b. 28 March, 1S23 ; 

d. S March, 1S49. 
II. William Martin, Jr., b. 11 July, 1825; m. 
at Evans, N. Y., Elizabeth Stanton. Issue : 
William, Sarah, Ann, Milton Grant and 
Addie Amelia Martin ; also John and Jen- 
nie, both deceased. He d. 5 March, 1883. 

III. John Martin, b. i Aug., 1827 ; d. 5 July, 1S35. 

IV. Joseph ^^AR^IN, b. 10 June, 1829 ; lives at 

Angola, N. Y. 
v. Julia Ann Martin, '). 7 April, iS32,at Evans, 
Erie Co., N. Y. ; m. at Evans, 7 June, 1855, 
Jasper Jacob Barker, lies. Chicago, III. 
VI. Mary Ann Martin, b. at Evans, N. Y., 16 
March, 1835; "^- ^3 April, 1870, Lewis 
Cass Dingman, of Angola, N. Y. She d. at 
Chicago, III., 17 June, 1894. Issue : Mar- 
garet Elizabeth and John Martin Dingman. 
VII. John Martin, b. at Jerusalem Corners, N. Y., 
5 Oct., 1837 ; m. at Angola, N.Y., Eugenia 
Adelaide Tiflt, 21 Jan., 1866. He d. at 
Los Angeles, Cal., 18 Dec, 18S4; bur. at 
Angola, N. Y. Issue : Jennie TiflTt, Marry 
Delos and Mary Elizabeth Martin, 
viii. Sarah Elizabeth Martin, b. at Evans, N. Y., 
8 June, 1840 ; resided with her sister Julia 
in Chicago, 111., and d. unm. about 1 899. 
IX. Delos Washington Martin, b. II July, 1843 ; 
d. 3 May, 1867. 

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78. BLISHA* FANNING, b. 1756, {Dtmd^Jonaihaif, 
Edmund^^ Edmund^) 

m. at Grotoiiy Conn*, 30 July, 1778. 

Mary Button, 
datu of 
and b. at , %% Ang., 1761. 

Elisha Fanning, s. of David Fanning of Groton, was b. 
x6 Sept., 1756. He was a fiurmer, and res. at Groton and 
East Windsor, Conn., West Springfield, Maas^ and in 
later life. New York CitjTf where be lived at the time of 
his decease. 

When the Revolutionary War broke out Elisha Fan- 
ning enlisted as a private on the 10 July, 1775, in Capt. 
Jedediah Huntington's First Company of the Eighth 
Conn. Regiment* This regiment was recruited mainly 
in New London, Hartford and Windham Counties. It 
was stationed on the Sound until 14 Sept, when it was 
ordered to the Boston Camps, and took post at Roxbury 
in Gen. Spencer's Brigade. It rcgnained there until its 
expiration of time of service, x6 Dec, 1775. This Com- 
pany had many recruits firom Norwich and Preston. 
Among them was John Fanning, (No. tjs), afterwards 
known as Capt John Fanning of Norwich. In 1776 
Elisha appeared on the roll of Capt Jonathan Brewster's 
Company in Col. Huntington's Regiment,! and in that 
year also in Piraons' Regiment, and was reported sick in 
hospital at Stamford, and discharged in Nov., 17764 s6 
March, 1778, he enlisted as a private in Capt Amos 
Stanton's Company of Col. Henry Sherburne's Regiment, 
and was transferred to Samuel B. Webb's Regiment, x 
May, Z780, and served until his discharge 14 Feb., 1781.! 

* Coan. Rolls, p. 85. f Ibid., p. 103. % Ibid,, p. too, 


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In this tame company of Ci^ Amot SttaloiD Mivcd Cor- 
poiml "nomas Fanning (No. i6o), and also David Fan- 
ning (No. 79), brother of Elisha. On tfiat date he is on 
the Conn. Rolls as paid from i Jan., *8i to S4 Feb., *8i.^ 
It is not known tfiat he entered the senrice after this date, 
and probabfy he did not, bat retained to his home in 

Affcer the Revolationary War he remored from Groton 
and Ihred for a time at East Wuidsor, Cmul, where we 
find record of him in 1790. On the 14 Oct, tliat year, 
he parchased huid of Jedediah Bliss in West S^ringfidd, 
Ifass., on the soath side of Agawam River, and boonded 
east by the Connecticnt River, in that part whidi is now 
the town of Agawam. Mere he located with his son Elisha, 
and res. there until aboat 1812. Soon afterwards he re» 
moved to New York City and located. 

His name appears on the list of U. S. Ftesaoners as 
receiving pay for services rendered daring the Revoln- 
tiooaiy War, and for disability and woonds received. It 
is said he eventaally died from the effects of his woand, 
wiiich troobled him to the time of his death. 

He d. intestate at New York City, S9 Jan., tSiS,aged 
6t years, 4 mos., i s ds., and is bar. on Foisylhe Street, 
New Yoriu The Methodist Church now covets the spot. 

t Kelli, p. 331. 
fTht fBOowiag leeocd of aiilM Fmniag ii faniihed b7 the U. & 1 

tatWMhiag|oa,O.C It vuiei MmewlMt fran the prialad Gona. 

*Tht isceide of tUt oftet tbow iSbak 9mm EUiba Faaniac ttrved as a pri- 
vate aad as a cofpocal la Captaia Joke EUif • Gonpeey, kaamm eke •§ Cap- 
tain AaMS Staatott'k Coapaay of Coloatl Heaiy ShcrimfM^ RtgiaMBt, 
CoeHe— til TVoopa, RerolatioDafj War.** Re eaUited aseia Fehnnry s6| 
I777,aadieivedte Jaae ay of that jear; *"r^ioiBed Jalf sa^ 1778^ was 
I Maf I, itSq^ to Captaia Joha Haifa Gonpaay, 91k < 
eownadedbyColoadSaBiatlB.Webb,aad he v 
\ Febcaaiy S4, ijSi.** 

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His widow was appointed by the Probate Court of New 
Yorky Sylvanus Miller, Surrogate, administratrix of his 
estate, 13 Feb., x8i8. She was living at Albany, N. Y., 
in May, 1820, and d. at New London, Conn., 33 Aug., 
XS34, aged 73 yrs., i d. 


+ x86. X. Elisua*, b. at Groton, Conn., 4 Sept., 1780. 

187. II. David*, b. at Groton, Conn., 6 Sept, 1781 ; d. prob- 

ably in infancy. 

188. III. Polly*, b. at , 24 April, 1783 ; m. a 

Lansing. No further record. 
+ 189. IV. John*, b. at , 25 Sept., 1784, 

190. V. Abigail*, b. at Enfield, Mass., iz June, 1786; m. at 
Albany, N. Y., in 181 x, Benjamin Cole, b. in Rhode 
Island, 8 April, 1 788. He was a farmer and res. at 
Springfield, Penn. (Leona), where he d., and was 
bur. 3 Jan., X851. She d. at Leona, 24 April, 1874, 
and is bur. there. 

Issue : 
1. Fanning Cole, b. at Amsterdam, Montgomery 
Co., N. Y., 20 Sept., 1813 ; m. at Smithfield, 
' Penn., in Sept., X834, Caroline Sergeant, dau. 
of William and Huldah ( ) Sergeant. 

He was a farmer and res. at Springfield, Penn. 
She d. x8 Nov., 1876. He d. at East Troy, 
Penn., 28 Oct., 1895 ; both bur. at Leona, 

I. Frederick Cole, b. at Springfield, Brad- 
ford Co., Penn., 28 Jan., 1836 ; m. at 
East Troy, Penn., Sarah Hickok. He is 
a farmer. Was in the Army of the Po- 
tomac in the Civil War. Res. at Bridge- 
villc, Del. Has issue Charles and Caro- 

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II. (?ii.\Ki.Ks r«)i.K, b. al S|)rin;;fii'l(l, IVnn., 
S April, 1S3S. Was a musician, and in 
the Civil War, Army of the Potomac. 
Died at I-A.*ona, Penn., in 1S67. 

III. Howard Cole, b. at Springfield, Penn., 

29 Jan., 1840; m. at ICast Troy, Penn., 
25 Dec, I SS3, Nellie Allen, dan. of Dar- 
win and Kli/.a])elli Allen ; occupation, 
musician ; res. at East Troy, Penn. Was 
in Sherman's army in the Civil War. 
One adopted son, Lloyd Gamble Cole. 

IV. DkLacy Cole, b. at Springfield, Penn., 31 

March, 1S42; m, Georgia Conde of 
Batavia, 111., and resided there. Occu- 
pation, fur dealer. Was in Civil War 
with Sherman. Died at Batavia, III., and 
is bar. there. One son, Harry Cole. 

V. Leonora Almira Cole, b. at Springfield, 
Penn., 15 July, 1844 ; m. 9 Nov., 1871, 
Manuel Gamble, m. d. Res. at East Troy, 
Penn., where she d. i May, 1890, and is 
bur. Issue : Clara Leonora, Ethel May 
and Lloyd Cole Gamble. 

VL William Benjamin Cole, b. at Springfield, 
Penn., in 1846 ; m. at Chicago, III., 1 
Nov., 1890, Adelaide Evenden. Occu- 
pation, engineer ; res. Chicago. 

Charles Cole, Howard Cole and De- 
Lacy Cole, all musicians, were enrolled 
together at Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, 
Penn., 4 Nov., 1 861, in the 53d Penn. 
Vols. Regimental Band, Col. John R. 
Brooke, Commander ; disch. at Camp 

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California, Va., 15 Kcl)., 1862; rccn- 

listed in the 3d Hrigade JSaiul, 2cl l)iv., 

20th Army Coq>s, at Elinira, N. Y., 9 

Dec, 1863; mustered out at Syracuse^ 

N. Y., 12 June, 1865. 

n. Btri-SKY Cole, b. at Amsterdam, N. Y., 4 April^ 

1815 ; m. s April, 1835, Hiram Root of Una- 

dilla, N. Y. He was b. 9 May, 1813 ; d. 31 

Aug., 18S4. She d. 6 June, 1874. I>oth bur. 

at Cuba, N. Y. Issue : Halina, Nancy, Ida, 

Elizabeth, Willis, Lillian and Fannie Root. 

III. Howard Cole, b. at Amsterdam, N. Y., 24 Oct., 

1817; m. at Wells, Penn., Catherine Ayers, 
dau. of Jehiel Ayers, a physician, aiid res. at 
Gillett, Bradford Co., Penn. He d. there 4 
Oct., 1898 ; bur. at Woodlawn, Elmira, N. Y. 
Issue : Dorleska and Inez Cole. 

IV. Alanson Sylvester Cole, b. at Chenango, 

Broome Co., N. Y., 29 Oct., 1819 ; m. at Mid- 
dletown. Conn., 4 June, 1845, Augusta Mehit- 
able Hubbard, dau. of Ansel and Rebecca 
(Hedges) Hubbard. Alanson S. Cole was a 
farmer and music teacher, res. at East Troy, 
Penn. Augusta Mehitable Hubbard was b. at 
Middletown, Conn., 18 Sept., x8i8; d. at 
East Troy, Penn., 23 March, 1892, and is bur. 
at Springfield, Penn. (Leona). Issue : Flor- 
ence Lelia, Frances Augusta, George Ansel 
and Lillian Cole. 

V. Nancy Cole, b. at Springfield, Penn., 24 Sept., 

1S21 ; m. at Burlington, Penn., in Jan., 1839, 
Paul Furman, and res. at Detroit, Mich. Issue : 
Ella Estelle, Edgar and Norton Funiian. 
VL Mary Cole, b. at Springfield, Penn., in 1828; 
m. in 1848, Silas Wheeler, and d. in 18S0 at 


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Long Point, III. ; bur. there. Issue : Frank, 
Mervin, Thomas Benton and Ida Wheeler. 
+ 191. VI. Amos*, b. at ,16 March, 1788. 

192. vir. Jrssie*, b. at , i^ Feb., 1790 ; d. probably 

in infancy. 

193. VIII. Betsey®, b. at , 22 Aug., 1792. No further 


194. IX. Naxcy*, I), at ,14 June, 1794. No fur- 

ther record. 

195. X. Daviki.^ b. at , 10 April, 1796; d, prob- 

ably in infancy. 
X96. XI. Alvin*, b. at ,1 Dec, 1797 ; d. probably 

in infancy. 
+ 197. xir. HIRA^:^ b. at West Springfield, Mass., 9 Jan., 1799. 
198. xiri. Almira^ b. at New London, Conn., 9 July, 1802 ; m. 
I St, William Belcher and 2d, a Pense. Issue by her 
Bclclter marriage nine cli., two of whom d. in in- 
fancy : 

I. Mary Belcher, m. Josiah Leathe and had issue 
Josiah, Henry, Charles, William and Edgar. 
II. Angenora Belcher, m. zst, a Mr. Terrell and 
had issue John C, Charles W. and Eliza A. ; 
m. 2d, Robert W. HofT and had issue Wil- 
liam B., Robert W. and Frank B. 
in. JostPHixE Belcher, ra. James P. Bennett and 
had issue George, William, Charles, Samuel 
and Gussie. Seven ch. d. in infancy. 
IV. Thomas Belcher, m. twice. 
V.Charlotte E. Belcher, m. 4 March, 1852, 

Harvey R. Havens. 
VI. W^LiAM H. Belcher, lives at Sailors* Snug 

Harbor, Statcn Island, N. Y. 
vii. Sarah E. Belcher, m. William Brown. 
Issue of Almira by her Pease marriage : 
I. AiJiiiRA Pease, m. Samuel Currier and d. 1861. 

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79. DAVID* FANNING, b. 1758, {David', Jonafhan\ 
Edmnnd\ Edmund^) 

m. at Stonington, Conn., 13 May, 1782, 

Rebecca Chesebrough, 
dau. of John and Rebecca (Mix) Chesebrough, 
and b. at Stonington, Conn., 20 March, 1764. 

David Fanning, s. of David and 

Fanning of 

Groton, Conn., was b. in that town 23 Dec. 

At the time of the Revolutionary War he served with 
the Continental forces. His name appears as a private in 
the Roll of Cap t. Jonathan Brewster's Company in Col. 
Huntington's X7th Continental Regiment in 1776,* of 
which regiment Thomas Fanning of Norwich (No. 129) 
was quartermaster. David Fanning's brother Elisha (No. 
78) was in this company also. In 177C he was reported 
sick in hospital at Stamford, and was discharged in Nov. 
of that year.f 

He reentered the service the next year, enlisting in 
Capt. John Ellis's Company, also designated as Capt. 
Amos Stanton's Company, in Col. Henry Sherburne's 
Regiment of Continental troops, 23 March, 1777, to serve 
three years, and was discharged 23 March, 1780.} In this 
company was Corporal Thomas Fanning (No. i6o)« 

The Connecticut Rolls furnish the following informa- 
tion about this Regiment: ''Col. Henry Sherburne of 
Rhode Island commanded one of the 'additional' regi- 
ments ordered by Congress for the Continental Army of 
'77. Three of its six companies were raised in Connecticut 
under Lieut.-CoL Meigs. In the spring of '80, May i, the 
Regiment was disbanded, most of the officers retiring 
from service, and the men distributed among other com- 

♦Vide Conn. Rolls, p. 103. f IWd- 

from Pension Otficc, Washington. 

{ Ibid., p. 256^ and records 

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in.-inds. The rcconi of llic Ur^iincnt is idcntiral witli 
that of Cul. Samuel B. Webb's, with which it was brig- 

He served as private also in Capt. John Williams's 
Company of detached militia that was under command 
of Lieut.-Col. Nathan Gallup, stationed at Fort Griswold, 
Groton, in 1779, ^^ appears by the muster-roll of that 
company dated i t July that year.* No further record 
of him appears on the Conn. Rolls, and he probably re- 
tired from active service in March, 1 7S0. 

David Fanning's name does not appear on the Groton 
or Stonington records after his marriage, either in the 
transfer of real estate or otherwise, nor is there record of 
the birth of any children, nor settlement of his estate or 
that of his wife. It is probable that he removed from 
Groton after the Revolutionary War and settled elsewhere. 

Issue : t 
No record. 

• Vide Conn. Rolls, p. 555. 

tin the Literary Diary of Ezra Stiles, n.D.,LL.n., Vol. ni,, p. 535, is the 
following entry : "State of the Yellow Fever in New Haven Fr June 15 
X794 to Sept. 9: Sept. 9, Sick and not yet arrived to a Crisis David Fan- 
ning's Son »t. 7. Sick .Sept. 12, Capt. Fanning*s Son dangerous; Sept. 13 
iv*> P.M. better." 

There is no evidence to prove who the above David Fanning was, whether 
No. 79, No. 99, or otherwise. 

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93. JAMES* FANNING, I). 17.12, 
Thomas\ luimunti^) 

in. in town of Southold, L. I 

{JiMtftfs^^ James^^ 

13 April, 1775, 

Mary Reeve, 
dau. of Purr [Furrier] and Mary (I/Hommcdicu) Reeve, 
and b. in Suflfolk County, L. I., in 1755. 

Mary L'Homincdieu d. rx Nov., 1827, in her looth 
year. Siic lacked a month of being one hundred years 
old, having been born in Dec, 1727, and was bur. at 
Aquebogue, L. I. where her headstone still remains. It is 
said that she was married on her 14th birthday. 

James Fanning (known as James Fanning 3d), son of 
James and Deborah (Warner) Fanning, and grandson of 
Capt. James Fanning, the (irst of the name on Long Is- 
land, was b. I Dec, 1 742, in the town of SouthoUl, County 
of Suffolk, Province of New York, in that western part of 
the town set off in 1792 as Rivcrhead, and then called 
"Aquebogue" district. 

He did not remove mth his father, James Fanning, 2d, 
when the b.tter settled in Flanders, Southampton Town, 
about the year 1 763, but appears to have remained in 
Aquebogue Village, where he had learned the trade of a 
blacksmith, and which occupation he followed. The 

Age 69 (181 1) 

house that he occupied, and probably built, was located 
back of the Steeple Church in that vilbge, and has now 
been removed to the post-road adjoining the church on 
the west, and is used as a blacksmith's shop at the pres- 
ent time. 

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James Fanning's name appears on the records of the 
County of Suffolk, L. I., in land transfers in which he is 
referred to as "James Fanning the Third, Blacksmith."* 
He was in later years a merchant, and his name appears 
as such on the Riverhead Tombstone, which speaks of 
him as "a merchant many years residing three miles 
East of Riverhead, L. I." 

The ear mark of his cattle was a "crop on left and nick 
under right [car]," as recorded in 1 796 on the Southamp- 
ton records (in which town his father resided), and where 
he owned large tracts of land and meadow. 

He does not appear to have taken active interest in 
the Revolutionary War. He was probably the "James 
Fanning" whom Onderdonk mentions as being in 1783 
" a Whig (who has been in North Carolina) and wants 
to go to Long Island/'t 

He d. at Aqucbogue, L. L, o June, 181 2, in his 70th 
year, and is bur. in Aquebogue Burying Ground. 

His widow died there 20 Nov., 1822, a. 67, and is bur. 
at the same place. Both have headstones. 

His will is on file at Riverhead, dated 10 May, 1809, 
proved 30 June, 18 12, and mentions his wife, Mary Fan- 
ning, sons James, Nathaniel, Manassah, Israel and Joshua ; 
Eldest dau., Deborah Grilling ; second dau., Mary Worth ; 
third dau., Mehetabel Fanning; fourth dau., Katy Fan- 
ning; and youngest dau., Nancy Fanning. He also 
mentions his female negro slave, "Peggy," to whom he 
gives her freedom after two years. He also refers to 
some of his children being under age. He appoints as 
his executors, David Warren, John WoodhuU and Usher 
H. Moore, all of Riverhead. 

• Vide SiiiTjik County Deeds, Book B, p. 435. 
t Vide Ondordonk's Revulutionary Incidents, 

lutionary Incidents, etc., p. loS, par. 756. 

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+ 199. X. Jambs*! b. at Aquebogue, L. L, 17 Aug., 1775. 
+200. n. Nathakiel*! b. at Aquebogue, L. L, 15 Aug., X777« 
20X. m. DsBORAH^ b. at Aquebogue, L. L, ix June, 1780 ; m. 
at 9 2 1 Feb., x 79S, Stephen Grif&ng, s. of 

John and Deborah (Wells) Griffing, third s. of John 
and Sarah (Paine) Griffing, s. of John Griffing, s. of 
Jasper and Hannah Griffing. 

Deborah Wells was dau. of Judge Joshua Wells of 
Southold, L. I. 

Stephen Griffing, who m. Deborah Fanning, was 
b. at Riverhead, L. I., 2x Oct., 1777. 

They lived at Westhampton, L. I., where he d. 7 
Feb., 1848. Widow d. there 6 May, x868. 
i; Joshua GairnNC, b. 5 May, 1800 ; d. 14 June, 


XI. Stephen Fanning Griphno, b. 22 April, 1803 ; 
m. Mary J. Jagger. He d. 30 Nov., 1880. 

ni. Hiram Griffing, b. 25 June, 1806. 

IV. Charles Griffing, b. 10 Dec, 1808 ; in. at Hart- 
ford, Conn., 7 Oct., X832, Almira Inily Gorham, 
dau. Timothy and Martha (Merrill) Gorham 
of New Haven, Conn., and b. there x8 Sept., 
181 2. Was a merchant tailor, and res. at 

^ Hartford where he d. 6 May, 1858. She d. 1 7 
April, 1S77. Tliey had seven ch., four of 
whom d. in infancy; the others: Alonzo 
Stephen Griffing, b. X7 July, X833; d. X897. 
Charles Edgar Griffing, b. 9 June, 1837 and d. 
x6 July, 1874 ; and George Hiram Griffing, b. 
24 April, 1839. The latter m. at Frederick 
City, Md., 13 Dec, 1864, Cleopatra Myers, 
dau. of Thomas J. and Catharine Myers. 

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( Ici>r^c I r. ( Iriirmg served llircc years in Uie 
Civil War, "61 to '64, und was afterwards pay- 
master in the U, S. Navy. He d. 1 1 Nov., 1 899. 
V. EiX3AR Gkifking, b. 25 Feb., 181 1 ; m. 4 July, 
1833, Hannah Griffing. She d. 6 Feb., 1864; 
he ni. 2d, 20 June, 1865, M"« M^wy E. Porter. 
Hed.atWesthampton, L. I., 12 Nov., 18S2. 
VI. Deuorah jANErrrE GRiFriNC, b. 16 Nov., 1813 ; 
ni. Michael McCloy. They Hved at West- 
hampton, L. I., where she d. 24 Jan., 1863. 
202. IV. Mary', b. at Aquebogue, L. I., 6 Nov., 17S2 ; m. at 
Riverhead, L. I., 20 Dec, 1 SoS,* Stephen Worth, b. 
at Southold, L. I., 25 March, 1779. He was a gun- 
smith by occupation, anil res. at Sag Harbor, L. I. 
She d. 13 March, 1867. 

1. Fanning S. Worth, b. at Sag Harbor, L. I., 29 
Aug., 1810. He never m. ; d. , and 

is bur. at Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N. Y. 
II. Sidney D. Worth, b. at Sag Harbor, L. I,, 30 
March, 1819; d. 1849, unm.; bur. at Brooklyn, 
m. Joshua Fanning Worth, b. at Sag Harbor, L.L, 
7 Jan., 1821 ; m. 2 May, 1861, Mary J.'Wig- 
gins, dau. of William Henry Wiggins of East 
Marion, L. I., and b. there 3 Aug., 1833. He 
was a teacher. D^. 19 May, 1869. Widow sur. 
with two ch. : Albert Brown and Mary Annetta 
-203. V, Manassah*, b. at Aquebogue, L. I., 10 Jan., 1786. 
204. VI. Mehetabel*, b. at Aquebogue, L. I., 28 Dec, 1788 ; 
m. at , Maj. John Skillman. 

She d, at ,15 Sept., 1834, He d. 

•From descendants. The N. Y. Gencalo^cal and Biographical Record, 
Vol. XXV,, p. 7, gives the date as 7 Jan., 1809, 

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2<)5. VII. Kamiakini;*, l». al A<|iic1)ogfio, I*. 1., 24 Scpl., 1791 ; 
in. at , Capt. William IVnncy of River- 

head, L. I. 
She d. at , in April, 1876. 

He d. at • 

They had eleven ch. : William F., Catharine, 
William, James F., Joshua F., Mary A., John F., 
Sarah C, Purdy M.,Rosalineand Antoinette Penney. 
+206. VIII, Israel*, b. at Aquebogue, L. I., 12 April, 1794. 
4-207. IX. Joshua*, b. at Aquebogue, L. I., 9 March, 1797. 
208. X. Naxcv*, b. at Aquebogue, L. I., 28 June, 1801 ; m. 
at , 8 April, 1830, Nathaniel Vale Wig- 

gins, b. in Suffolk Co., N. Y., 9 Oct., 1790. He was 
a ship carpenter, sea captain and farmer, and res. 
at Grcenport, L. I., son of Thomas Wiggins, b. 12 1 
Sept., 1755. They removed to Ohio in May, 1854.J 
He d. at Berlin Heights, Erie Co., Ohio, 27 March, | 
1S59. She d. there 20 June, 187S, and both are! 
bur. in Berlin Heights Cemetery. 

Issue^ bom at Grcenport^ Z. /..• 

I. IsABELLE Wiggins, b. 4 Feb., 1832. 
!i. Josephine Wiggins, b. 22 April, 1834. 

III. .Addison 'I^omas Wiggins, b. 25 Nov., 1S36. 

IV. Harry Fessenden Wiggins, b. 12 July, 1838. 

V. Franklin James Wiggins, b. 30 June, 1841. 

VI. Edmund Leb Wiggins, b. 26 Feb., 1845. 

vii. Fredericic Fanning Wiggins, b. 8 June, 1848. 

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98. JOHN* FANNING, b. 1 757, {Jamei'.James^, 

Thomas*^ Edmund^) 
m. at 

Mary Aldrich, 

dau. of Peter( ?) and (Wells)^ Aldrich, 

and b. at 20 May, 1763/ 

John Fanning, son of James and Deborah (Warner) 
Fanning, and grandson of Capt. James Fanning, the first 
of the name on Long Island, was bom 19 May, 1757, in 
the town of Southold, County of Suffolk, Province of New 
York, in that western part of the town set off in 1792 as 
Riverhead, but then called Aquebogue (2d Division). 

John Fanning's father removed to and settled in the 
town of Southampton when he was a child, residing in 
that part which afterwards became the village of Flan- 
ders, where he lived during the remainder of his life, 
and followed farming. This locality was originally in- 
cluded in Topping's Purchase, Aquebogue Division.* 

His name occurs frequently on the Southampton rec- 
ords. He was fence viewer in 1797 and 1798, and he 
held many positions of trust and honor. The ear mark 
of his cattle is recorded in 1 793 as a "crop on each (ear) 
nick over each." 

In religion John Fanning was a Congregationalist, and 
a member of the Church at Aquebogue. There was no 
Church in Flanders in his day, and the Fannings and 
others living in that village crossed the Pcconic Bay in 
boats to a neck of land called Indian Island, and then 
went on foot to Church. 

His wife d. at Flanders, L. L, 7 June, 1822. 

He d. intestate at Flanders, L. I., 16 Nov., 1846. Both 
arc bur. there. 

• Vide Will of James Fanning (No. 93), Suffolk Wills, Book C, p. 355, in 
vhich reference is made to "John F.iuning*s dwelling house," etc., etc. 

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+ 213. 

+ 214. 


I. John*, b. at Flanders, L. I., x8 Aug., 1784. 

II. Peter*, b. at Flanders, L. I., 7 May, 1786. 

III. Mary*, b. at Flanders, L. I., 27 Feb., 1788 ; m. at 
, Prosper King ; d. at Goodground, L. I. 

IV. Hannah*, b. at Flanders, L. I., 2 June, 1790; m. at 
, 17 Jan., 1808, William Philip Benja- 
min, b. 15 May, 1780. He d, at Sayville, L. I., i 
Sept., 1853. She d. at Sayville, ii Sept., 1870. They 
had a son, James Benjamin, who m. Joanna Fanning, 
dau. of John and Polly (Benjamin) Fanning. 

V. James*, b. at Flanders, L. I., 12 Feb., 1792. 

VI. Samuel*, b. at Flanders, L. I., 17 Feb., 1794. 
VII. Lavina*, b. at Planders, L. I., 19 March, 1796; m. 

at , 22 Dec, 1822, Henry Corwin, b. 15 

July, 1797. He d. at Fort Neck, L. I., 21 March, 
1849. She d. at Riverhead, L. I., 22 Dec, 1SS2. 
216. vm. Sarah*, b. at Flanders, L. I., 19 June, 1798; m. at 
Flanders, 23 March, 1825, Hallock Luce, b. 2 May, 
x8oi. He d. at North ville, L. I., 29 May, 1880. 
She d. there of La Grippe, 19 Feb., 1895, a. 96 y., 
8 m. She left two ch., Hallock F. Luce of North- 
ville, L. L, and Mrs. Moses A. I^tham of Orient, L. L 

" Mrs. Luce was a woman of much bodily vigor, 
whose natural powers held out to a remarkable de- 
gree in her later years, lliough she was in her 97th 
year at the time of her death she never was com- 
pelled to use glasses for reading, • • • At the age of 
nine years Mrs. Luce joined the Church at Aque- 
bogue, of which Society she was a member to the 

+217. IX. Abraham*, b. at Flanders, L. I., 15 March, i8oo. 
-f-218. X. Jacob*, b. at Flanders, L. I., 28 Aug., 1803. 

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99. DAVID« FANNING, h. 1752. {Thomis\Jame^^, 

Thomas', Eiimuihi^) 

m. at Moriches, L, I., 23 Oct., 1773, 

Jane Smith, 
dau. of Col. Josiah and Susannah (Gelston) Smith, 
and b. at , 10 Feb., 1753. 

Susannah Gelston was dau. of Judge Hugh Gelston of 
Long Island. 

David Fanning, son of Thomas and Lydia (Horton) 
Fanning, was b. in the town of Soulhold, County of Suf- 
folk, L. I., 19 Sept., i7S2.» 

He was a farmer, and res. at Heliport, town of Brook- 
haven. L. I., afterw.irtls removing to Greenport, then called 
Sterling, Suffolk County, L. I., where he res. until his de- 
cease. It is very probable , that he also res. for a short 
time in Lebanon, Conn., where his eldest child, Richard, 
was born,t and where his father, Thomas Fanning, deeded 
him a farm of 137 acres, 13 Nov., 1 773.} called the Throop 
farm, and which he sold back to him, 30 Aug., i775.§ 
(This farm was forfeited to the Government by Thomas 
Fanning in 1781 on account of his allegiance to the 
Crown). David Fanning res. at Bellport, L. I., in 1775 
and 1776, but removed to Sterling, now called Green- 
port, during the following year or two. In a census of 
the inhabitants taken in 1776 the name of David Fanning 
of Brookhaven appears as the head of a family containing 
"one male between the ages of 16 and 50, two males 
under 16, two females over 16, one female under 16, and 
one negress under i6," 

♦ Vide Note on p. 142. 

t Lebanon, Conn., Records, Births, Marriages and Deaths, Book £,, p. I ii. 

; Vide Lebanon Town Records, Book xii., p. 36, 

§ Ibid., Book Xiil., p. 35. 

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In Nfiiy, 1775, David Fanning was one of llu* l)aiul of 
" Associators," — men who were in favor of sending depu- 
ties to the Provincial Convention in New York, and dele- 
gates to the Continental Congress at Philadelphia.* In 
the list of " Associators " are found the names of Nathan- 
iel Fanning (No. 105), Phineas Fanning (No. 103), and 
Thomas Fanning (No. 38). Thomas Fanning afterward 
appears to have favored the Royalists. 

At an election of militia officers at Southold on the 4th 
of Sept., 1 775, David Fanning was chosen second lieuten- 
ant of the Third Company of the First Regiment of Suf- 
folk County, of which company Matthew Rose was cap- 
tain,t and Hugh Smith first lieutenant, and commissions 
were issued 17 Sept., following. It is stated that he after- 
ward enlisted in the minute service. J His Revolutionary 
War record, if any, has not, however, been ascertained. 
The name, David Fanning, has not been found, after 
careful research in the Rolls on file in the Record and 
Pension Office, War Department, Washington, D. C, of 
any organization of New York troops in service during 
the War of the Revolution. It is proi>er to add, however, 
that the collection of Revolutionary War records in that 
Office is far from complete, and tlut the absence there- 
from of any name should not be accepted as conclusive 
evidence that the person who bore the name did not 
serve in the Revolutionary army. 

Fanning's Point is a point of land just south of Green- 
port, L. I., separating Greenport Harbor from Pipes 

Cove, and is named after David Fanning. 

* Vide Calendar of Historical Manuscripts relatins^ to tlie War of the Revo- 
lution, Albany, N. Y., Weed, Parsons & Co., 1S6S, Vol. I., pp. 47, 57 and 63. 

fVidc Ondcrdonk's Revoluu'onary Incidents of Suffolk and Kings Counties, 
p. 2X. {Ibid., p. 23. 

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David Fanning died at Sterling, L. L, i6 March, 1812 
(Salmon Record), aged 59 years, 5 months, 27 days, 
and is bur. at Sterling Cemetery. His Headstone reads : 
"died March 12, iSi2 aged 60" (see Note on p. 142). 
He left a widow, three sons and five daus. His will is 
on file at Riverhead, dated 19 May, 1810, proved 28 
March, iSt2, and mentions daus. Hannah, Mary, Lydia 
Fanning, Clarissa Howell, E'lizabcth Moore, grandson^ 
Richard Fanning Moore, son Samuel, and son-in-law, 
Mitchell Howell, the last two of whom were appointed 

In religion David Fanning and wife were Presbyterians, 
she owning the Covenant and becoming a member of the 
Presbyterian Church at Southold, 7 July, 1782. 

She d. at Groenport, L. I., 27 April, 1834, aged 81, and 
is bur. in Sterling Cemetery (g. s.). 
2x9. 1. Richard', b, at Lebanon, Conn., 26 Aug., 1774 ;♦ bap. 
in the Presbyterian Church, Southold, L. I., 7 July, 
1 7S2. He res. at Greenport, L. I., then called Sterling. 
He was lost at sea while master of a merchant ship, 
18 March, 1800, a. 26 years, unm. A fine portrait of 
him by Copley hangs in the former home of his sis- 
ter, Clarissa Fanning Howell, at Westhampton, L. I. 
(See photogravure). 
2 20. II. Clarissa', b. at Bellport, Suffolk Co., L I., x6 Jan., 1 776 ; 
bap. in the Presbyterian Church at Southold, 7 July, 
1782 ; m. at Sterling, L. I., in 1806, John Mitchell 
Howell, b. at Westhampton, L. 1 . 27 Sept., 1772. 
He was a farmer, and they res, at Westhampton, where 
he d. 26 March, 1826. She d. at Westhampton 31 
July 1863. 

* ViJe Note t on page 236. 

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L Janb Smith Howsll, b. at Westhampton, L. L, 
X May, 18x0; m. at Westhampton, 3 June, 
185 1, John Howell Pott of Quogue, L. L, her 
own cousin. No isme. 
n. Craxlb Howbll, b. at Westhampton, L. I., X4 
May, x8xa ; m. at Westhampton in Dec^ 1832, 
Elisabeth Jones Halsey, b. there in April, i8x6. 
He was a fiuiuer, and res. at Westhampton, 
where he d. 24 Oct, 1878. Slie d. there 7 
Jan., X89X. Issue: 

L John William FIletcher Howsll, b. at 
Westhampton, L. I., 31 Dec, 1833 ; m. 
Maria Jane Rowley Cooper, and res. at 
Southampton, L. I. 
n. MoBTiMift Dbvereaux Howsll, b. at 
Westhampton, L. I., 10 Aug., 1836 ; m. 
Lydia Matilda Howell of Quogue, L. I. 
UL Gbbtrudb Halsey Howell, b. at West- 
hampton, L. I., 29 April, 1839 ; m. Dr. 
E. P. Jarvis of Centre Moriches, L. I. 
IV. Claxa Mnx:HBLL Howell, b. at West* 
hampton, L. I., 10 Sept., 1843 I ^* 
Francis Samuel Lyons of Brooklyn, N. 
Y., and res. at Rutherford, N. J. 
m. FftAMCEB Howell, b. at Westhampton, L. I., 28 
Dec., x8i6 ; d. in infimcy. 
-I-22X. m. David*, b. at Steriing, now Greenport, L. I., 9 Feb., 
222. nr. Elxzabith*, b. at Sterling, L. I., 19 Oct., 1779 ; m. 
there 24 June, x8o2, Calvin Moore, a farmer, b, 4 
June, 1771 ; res. at Sterling, L. I. She d. at Green« 
port, L. I., 2X Dec., 1838. He d. at Greenport, 7 
Feb., 1847. / 

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L Rkhamp FAmmiG Mocmui, b. at 
n. Elba Aim Moon, b. at Greenport, L. L, 

' m. diere 7 Jan^ 1838, Ebeneier Claik, 
b.atFiaiikliiivine,L.I. Has dan^EDa Clarice 
Claik, b. at G r ecn p o rt, L. L, where the now 
ret»iiiiiii* She bat ^** ^^^ f Tatminy BiUe iMffaited 
hi 1599. 

Elbm Ami Claik <L at Greenport^ 83 Aug., 
1876. Ebeneaer Claik <L there la Sept, 1893. 
aa3. T. HAII1C4H Smm*, b. at Sterling, L. L, la Aug^ 1781 ; 
in. at , a8 Aprilt 1817, Rofiis White of 

EraaUiii, Debtware Co^ N. Y. Hannah waa bap. in 
the Presbyterian Chmch, Soothold, 7 July, 1788, of 
which church she waa a member in June^ i8io. She 
<L ^16 Jone, 1849, *• <7 T^sn, 10 mos., 16 days*' 
(aa inscribed on gravestone), and is bar, at SterUng 
Cemetery. . Noissoe. 

-|-sa4. TL SaioiLf, b. at Sterlings L. L, 10 April, 1 783. 
aas. TIL Munr*, b. at Sleriiog» L. I^ a May» 17S5 ; m. at Ster- 
liqg, L. L, sa Jaa^ 1816, Bradley S. Wiggins of that 
place. Said to have had iasoe Julia, Alfied and 
Susan, aB of wliom d.unni. They were Pkesbyter- 
ians» and members of that church at SonthokL 
aa6. Tin. Ltdu HoKXOll^ b.* at Sterlmg^ L* L, 3 1 March, 1 787 ; 
m. there 19 liCarch, 1817, Capt ^miiam Youngs 
Brown of diat place. She waa a member of the 
nesbyterian Church in SouthoU. He waa a-sea^ 
captain, merchant and ftrmer, and res. at Sterlings 
afterwards called Gieeuport, L. L, where he d. ry 
March, 1867. Widow d. there in Sept, 1870. Both . 
bur. in Sterling Cemetery. 

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Issue : 
I. David Panninu Brown, b. at Sterling, L. I., 
25 April, 1S18; m. at Chester, Conn., 26 
Oct., i844,LaaraL'Homroetlieu of Chester, 
Conn. He d. at Greenport, L. I., 36 Aug., 
1877. Issue : William Fanning Brown, res. 
at Greenport, L. I.. An apothecary, 
n. William SftirrH Brown, b. at Sterling, L. I., 

15 April, i8s3 ; d. so Dec, 1899, unm. 
in. Jane Fannino Brown, b. at Sterling, L. I., s 
Aug., 1825 ; m. John Post of Bellport, L. I. 
She d. in Jan., i88x. Issue : Julia Eloise 
Post and Frances Wickham Post 
nr. JuuA Hannah Brown, b. at Sterling, L. I., 3 
March, 1827; m. at Greenport, L. I., 6 
March, 1855, John Murray of Brooklyn, N. 
Y., b. in Blairgowrie, Scotland, 7 Aug., t8o6. 
He d. at Nassau, N. P., r4 Dec., 1863 \ ^^* 
Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn. Widow 
res. Denver, CoL 

Issue ^ bom at Brooifyn^ N. Y.: 
I. WiLUAM MrrcHRLL Murray, b. 30 May, 

1857 ; d. 29 Dec., i886. 
n. LiLLU Fanning Murray, b. 20 Jan., 

1859 ; res. in Denver, Col., unm. 
m. John Caiipbsll MtniRAV, b. 3 Oct, 
1863 ; m. at Denver, CoL, 20 Sept, 
1900, Harriet Dunlevy Steele. He is 
a graduate of Princeton University, 
1884, a lawyer ; res. in Denver, Col. 
V. Mart Fannino Brown, b« at Sterling, L. I., 25 
July, 1829; m. at Greenport,. L. L, Samuel 
B. Corwin. Shed. at Greenport, Nov., 1901. 
227. Dt Thomas*, b. at Sterlings L. L, 6 or 10 Dec, 1789 ; d. 
IX Dec., 1789 (g. s. reads "Aged 28 Hours."). 

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xos. PHINBAS* PANNING, b. 175CS (FUmm^, 

m. at Nantocket, Mais^ Satordaj, 5 Aptfl, 1777, 

hy Fknoii Shaw^ 

Ify^ ^fi CftlBtii 
dan. and only ch. of John and Keaiah (Folger) Cofln,* 
and b. at Nantucket 5 Jan^ 1759, 

Fanning, ion of CoL Fhincaa and Mddtabel 
(Wdb) Fanning, waa born at Aqnebogae, L. 1, in diat 
toealitj icoently the village of Fkanklinville, now Lanel, 
6 Aog^ 1750. He went to Yale Coilq^ wiMxe he giad- 
nated (a^m.) in 1769, ttodicd law, and removed to and 
aetded in Nantucket, Maaa^ about the beginning of the 
Revolutionary War, where he practiaed at the bar, and 
readed untU hia deceaacf / 

' •KaaiahFolgvrGoAawM a torjdwiagthcRevolvdoMffyWaf^aBd filled 
MftaUpa. ShawMaoouiaof BcBJaBiBFiaBklla,wkowMaMnolAUah 
Folgvr aad a anuidMB of PMer Folger, a ditdagvUMd < 

nmiia Mvd tatilM '•MiilaM CoCm" wbick 
ghrwachqptvlalluitaelMt hlalofj, vUch ii kofdsr dtvolad to : 
Fwaiag^coMtihirer&tiiahGQfi^ The chandtn ia Om aoval 
t» npuMt tfw feltowiagi ''Jtbto Cogn** iipiaMrti Joka Cofta; 
Goiu^'* kto wife KHliik Folg«; «]Uitli Goiu^'* tlMk aM«hl«^ Ka^ 

tiai^betillifMlljtrMlkaltbroagbMn.Cotta'k eftcit NaittMkct was de- 
chMdafratpottdHiBgtkaEtvolalioM, SImvmcmiMIo] 
pidanof bdagatorj^bacaMttlMfNMlooiid^ofWMd too 
to taha ip Ibr the Oaloota,'' bat WM alkw trial pcnrinad to I 

Aftarthalitf thawaattoBalifitttoiacoivar aoaM of kor * 
kad boon oo a fiMato d , aad wm laipiimMd ibr kaviaf boon a •VabaL" 

t A IWMai tand^ of Loag Uaad, ptduipo tka abaf«% WM OM of tkf 

ckl OiunBlfaa ia Now YoA aad DshgiHi to tha Cotltalal Oiagii at 
Pkfladalpkla. Vido Oiawiar of Hktoikal NaaoMxipl^ ale, YoL 1^ ^ dg. 

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He d. at Nantucket, 21 Dec, 1798, in his 49th year. 
His \vid. d. at , 30 Nov., 1820, in her 62d 


Issue : 

+228. I. John Cophn*, b. at Nantucket, Mass., 28 May, 1778. 
+229. II. William*, b. at Nantucket, Mass., 25 April, 1780. 

230. m. Hetty Wells*, b. at Nantucket, Mass., 12 July, 1782 ; 

m. at Nantucket, Sunday, 19 April, 1801, by the 
Rev. Mr. Bcecham, Daniel Wood, b. at Swansea, 
Mass., brother to Jara Bourn Wood, her sister's hus- 
band. Daniel Wood located at Nantucket, and res. 
there many years. In 1840 Hetty removed with her 
sister Caroline to Wilmington, N. C. She d. 7 Nov., 
1S54. Issue, ten ch., all b. at Nantucket : William, 
Charlotte Frances, Edward Fanning, Harriet Fan- 
ning, Eliza Bunker, Emeline, Daniel Wells, Louisa 
Augusta, Ezra Reed and Emily Augusta Wood. 

231. IV. Caroline Matilda*, b. at Nantucket, Mass., 9 June, 

1784 ;♦ m. at Nantucket in Dec, 1807, Jara Bourn 
Wood, s. of Jonathan and Lilace Wood. Lilace was a 
dau. of Seth Wood and cousin to Jonathan. Jara B. 
Wood was b. at Swansea, Mass., i May, x 785, and 
was a descendant of Dr. Thomas Wood of Newport, 
R. I. On the ist of March, 1801, when sixteen 
years of age, he went to Nantucket to live, appren- 
ticing himself to his brother, Daniel Wood, of whom 
he learned the trade of a mason, and m. and had 
seven ch. In 1840 Caroline Wood removed from 
Nantucket to Wilmington, N. C, with her sister 
Hetty. She d. ix Jan., 1867. Issue: John Coffin, 
Thomas Fanning, Robert Barclay, Caroline Frances, 
and three who d. in infancy. 

•This dntc is from the John Confin Wood Record, 
ords give ly^S' * 

The Nantucket Ucc- 

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232. V. Thomas*, b. at Nnntiickct, Mass., 12 Aug., 17W. lie 
never m. He was Capt. Thomas Fanning of Nan- 
tucket. When a young roan he served as an appren- 
tice to his brother-in-law, Daniel Wood, as a niason. 
At 2 X he took to the sea, which he followed and was 
in command of a vessel for several years. It is said 
that he con^iuandcd a packet ship plying between 
New York and Charleston, S. C, in which city he 
d. 28 July, 1S35, in the 49th year of his age, and 
is bur. there in Trinity Church Cemetery, The fol- 
lowing epitaph appears on his tomb : 

"Sacred to the memory of Capt. Thomas Fan- 
ning of Nantucket, who departed this life at Charles- 
ton, So. Ca. on the 28*^ of July, 1835, in the 49*** 
year of his age. 

*' Here lies a true sailor whom all inust applaud, 
Much hardship he sufTcred at houic nnd abroad; 
But the hardest engagement he ever was in. 
Was the battle of Life in the Conquest of Sin. 

"This Monument was erected 
By a few friends as a testimony 
Of affectionate regard 
For the Memory of the deceased." 

-^^ZZ* V** Edmuxd*, b. at Nantucket, Mass., 3 Dec, 1790. 
+ 234. VII, RooERT Barclay*, b. at Nantucket, Mass., 10 Feb., 

+ 235. viii. Piii!^EiiAS Wines*, b. at Nantucket, Mass., 10 May, 


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105. NATHANIEL* FANNING, h. 1755, {Phiueas^ 
James^^ Thomas'^ Edmund^) 

m. at Aquebogue, L. L, 33 Dec., 1780, 

Anna Wells, 
dau. of David and ( ) Wells 2d, 

and born at , 4 March, 1762. 

Nathaniel Fanning, son of Col. Phincas and Mchitabel 
(Wells) Fanning, was born at Aquebogue, L. I., 22 March, 


He was a tanner, shoemaker, and fanner, and res. at 
Aquebogue and Franklinville, L. I. He and his wife were 
members of the Presbyterian Church at Mattituck, where 
their first five ch. were baptized. 

When the Revolutionary War broke out he sided with 
the Colonies. He was one of the "Associators" who were 
in favor of sending Deputies to the Provincial Conven- 
tion in New York and Delegates to die Continental Con- 
gress at Philadelphia.* 

He enlisted as a minute-man in the First Regiment of 
Suffolk County Militia under Col. Josiah Smith,t and it is 
claimed served on the Continental side during the Revo- 
lutionary War, but his length of service does not appear. 
The name, Nathaniel Fanning, has not been found, after 
careful research, on the rolls of any organization of New 
York or Continental troops in service during the Revolu- 
tionary War on file in the Record and Pension Office, 
War Department, at Washington ; but as the collection of 
records there is far from complete, as has been stated 
heretofore, the absence of the name should not be ac- 
cepted as positive evidence that Nathaniel Fanning did 
not serve in the Revolutionary army. 

♦ Vide Calendar of Historical Manuscripts, Vol. I., p. 63. 
t Vide New York in the Revolution, by James /V« Rol)crts, Comptroller, 
Albany, N. V., 1898, 2d ed., p. 169. 

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246 History of the Fanning Family 

His wife d. at Fninklinville, L. L, ao March, iSio, a. 
48 yrs. and 16 ds. He d. at Franklinville^ 10 Oct., 1826. 
Both bur. at Jamesport, L. L 

236. I. MEHrrAnLE*, b. at Aqucbogue, L. I., 3 June, 1782 ; 

bap. in the Presbyterian Church, Mattituck, L. I., 
2 Feb., 1783; m. at Aquebogue, L. I., 20 Sept., 
iSoi,* Joseph Hudson, b. in SufTolk Co., L. I., iS 
Oct., 1778. They res. at Franklinville, where he d. 
5 March, 1S54. She d. there 6 Feb., 1868. Issue: 
Nerva Newton, Phineas, Caroline, Jemima Havens, 
Joseph Bellamy, Daniel Fanning, Anna Wells, Mat- 
thew Henry, Nathaniel Henr}'and George Hudson. 

237. II. Phixeas*, b. at Aquebogue, L. I., 2 Dec, 1783 ; bap. 

in Presbyterian Church, Mattituck, 11 April, 17S4 ; 
d. 21 Sept., 1790 ; bur. Jamesport, L. I. 
+ 238. 111. Barclay P.S b. at Aquebogue, L. I., 12 April, 1785. 
239. IV. Prudence', b. at .Aquebogue, L. I. ; bap. in Presby- 
terian Church, Mattituck, 9 Oct., 1 786 ; d. same day. 
4-240, V. Daniel Wells*, b. at Aquebogue, L. I., 4 Jan,, 1 788, 
+ 241, VI. Solomon*, b. at Aquebogue, L. I., 12 April, 1790. 

242. VII. Anna*, b. at Aquebogue, L. I., 2 Nov., 1792; m. 

Frederick Piatt, and res. in New York City. She d. 
in the West Indies. Issue : John Piatt. 

243. vni. Nathaniel*, b. at Aquebogue, L. I., 4 March, 1 793 ; 

d. in the South unm., 25 Dec, 1820. 

244. IX. Nancy*, b. at Franklinville, L. I., 24 Sept., 1797 ; m. 

at Franklinville, 28 Feb., 1833, Hewlett Jones, b. 
at Cold Spring, L. I., 12 June, 1802. He was a 
shoemaker, and res. at Jamesport, L. I., and d. i 
Aug., 1855. She d. 13 July, 1883. Issue: Hannah, 
Caroline Fanning and Benjamin Hewlett Jones. 

245. X. Infant*, b. at Franklinville, L. I.; d, 5 Jan., 1803. 

• Vide M.atliluck Presbyterian Church Records. 

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Z06. BARCLAY* PANNING, b. about 1757, {Fkima^, 
Jame^^ Tkomaf^ Edmund^) 

m. at Nantucket, Sunday, 94 Oct., 1784, 

Caroline Henson Orne,* 
dan. of 
and b. at , 1765. 

Capt. Barclay Fanning, i» of CoL Phineas and Mehita- 
bel (Welb) Fanning, was b. at Aquebogue, L. I., about 


He was a royalist during the American Revolution. 

When his unde, CoL Edmund Fanning, raised the 
King's American Regiment of Foot, Barclay Fanning 
joined it as first lieutenant He afterwards served for two 
yean previous to June, 178s, in the British service in 
North Carolina, where he was captain in the Royal North 
Carolina Volunteers. 

On the 30th of Nov., 1783, he visited his brother, 
Phineas, at Nantucket, while on his way to see his uncle, 
Lieut-Gov. Edmund Fanning of Nova Scotia. The pres- 
ence of BarcUiy was viewed with disfavor by many of thef 
inhabitants of the Island, wiio insisted that as he was a 
royalist he should be imprisoned or compelled to leave 
the Island. On the soth of Dec, some of the leading 
men of the place applied to the justices for a warrant for 
his arrest, but the matter was compromised by Barclay's 
departure soon after. 

He m. at Nantucket, S4 Oct., 1784, Caroline Henson 
Orne of Jamaica, W. L, the ceremony being performed 
by Parson Shaw, at the residence of her uncle, John Bean, 
and in the presence only of his brother, Phineas Fanning 
and his wife. 

^ Spelled Orwu on Nsatscket Records. 

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248 History ofthg Fanning Family 

After his marriage he res. for some yean in New York 
City, and later removed to Boston. Be is supposed to 
hare d. in London, Eng*, previous to i8o8. 

His widow d. in New York City, at her residence, loi 
East 17th Street, cor. 3d Ave., Monday, 8 Dec, 1851, in 
her 87th year. 

+S46. I. Edmund*, b. at Nantacket, Mass., r7 July, 1785. 
S47. n. Haeuit Oamf, b. at Nantocket, Mass., 98 Dec, 
1786; m. at ,Esra Reed of Boston, Mass. 

He was a son of Peter Reed, andb. at Attleboroiigh, 
Mass., f6 Dec, 1777. 1*^^ ^^ on^ ^^^*y Harriet 
Ome Fanning Reed, for some time deric in the U. 
S. Patent Office, Washmgton, D. C, and a disdn- 
gnished poet and writer. 
248. m. TkoiCAS^, b. at ; d. in in&ncy. 

+S49. XV. Alxzamdkr Campbell Wildkr*, b. at Boston, Mass., 
, 1788. 
950. V. Cakolinb Oaim*, b. at 1793 ; m. at , 

8 Aug.„ 181X, Edward Bamaid, and was residing at 
Jamaica Plain, Mass., in 1838. Issue: Edward, 
Aleiander, Caroline, Harriet and Louisa Barnard. 
S51. vx. JOBW B— — — *, b. at Boston, Mass., . He 

was a member of die Boston light Infimtry Com- 
pany that served at Fort Strong, now Fort Warren, 
Boston Harbor, during the War of x8xs. He was a 
purser in the U. S. Navy, and d. in service at sea, on 
board schooner ''Shark,*' 94 Oct, x8s9 (Nantucket 

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zzo. NATHANIEL* FANNING, b. 1 755, ( GOUn^, 

m. at Stoningtoiiy ComL, si Nor.» 17S4, 

BUnbeth SmiUi, 
dan. of Col. Oliver and Marj (Deoiion) Smith, 
and b. at Stomiigtoii, Coiiii.t x8 Feb., 1763. 

CH»t» Nathaniel Fanning, ton of GObert and Hiddab 
(Fdmer) Fanning^ was bom at Stonington, Conn., 31 
May, 1755. He was a nudsUinnan in the U. S. Navy, 
and private secretary and second in command to Capt 
John Full Jones at the time of die bloody engagement 
between his ship, the ''Bon Homme 'Richard" and H. 
B. M. ship of war "Seiapis," 33 Sept., 1779. 

He was commissioned Lientenant in the U. S. Navy, 
5 Dec, 1804, and d. of yellow fever while on active duty 
in command of the Naval Station at Charieston, S.C., 30 
Sept, 1805. (For complete sketch of Capt. Nathaniel 
Fanning see Biographical part of diis vohime.) 

The widow m. sd Samod Palmer of Stonington. She 
dl 8 2iCarch, 1840. 

Capt. Nathaniel and Elixabeth (Smith) Fanning had 
rix ch., five of whom d. in inftncy. Only one is recorded 
at Stonington, ^'Lavinia,'* and the record nads she was 
*n>6mintheatyof NewYofk.** The following list of 
dieir ch., giving names and dates of births and deaths^ is 
taken from a lo. lecofd now in the posseirion of a des> 
cendant, and in Capt Nathaniel Fanning's own hand- 
writing. It is given below vcAatim : 
^N. Faimnio 
Mazriage a]|d Births of his 

«*Nathl. Fanning & Elisabeth Smidi were Married at 

Stonington the sist day of November, 1784. 

Births of their Chfldicn as foUows : 

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353. ist. a Daughter still Bora the asd. of September, 1 785. 

353. 2d. a Daughter Bora the 36th of February be- 

tween the hours of Nine andTen o'clock 
in the Morning year 1 7S8 

She was named Betsey & Died the loth 
dayofSepr. 1788 

at >4 after 6 o'clock in the afteraoon 
Aged 6 Months and 14 Days. 

354. 3d. a Daughter Bora on the X3th of Novr. 1 79 s 

was named Eliza and Died 17th Novr. 1793 
255* 4th. Gilbert William FanningwasBoro Deer, a xst 1793 
and Died the 19th day of August x 796 

at X2 o'clock at night Aged Two years 
Seven Months and Twenty Nine Days 
256. 5th. Lavinia Bora the xxth Day of September X796 

at Eight o'clock in the Morning. 
357. 6th. Nathaniel Gilbert I aiming Bora x6th Oct. x8oa 
at Nine o'clock at Night. And Died 
the 29th Augst. 1803 

at Ten o'clock in the Morning. Aged 
Ten Months ii X3 days." 
Lavinia, the fifth ch.» and the only one who grew up to 
maturity, m. 6 March, x8x4, Nathan Smith, b. in Groton, 
Conn., 31 March, X793, s. of Denison and Waity Smith. 
Nathan Smith was a farmer and Uved at Poquonnoc, Conn., 
on land given under the original grant which has never 
passed out of the Baunily. 

He d. 4 April, 1851. Widow d. 34 Dec, 1879, a. 83. 


I. Nathan Dknison Sactth, b. 14 Sept., 18x5 ; m. xa 

Sept., X84X, Mary Abby Morgan, and had Adrianna 

Smith m. to Daniel Sheldon Marsh, and res. in New 

London, Conn. ; Frederick Morgan Smith who m. 

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Annie Holt and res. in New London also; and 
Abom Fanning Smith who m. Nellie Darrow Allen. 

II. Betsey Fanning Smith^ b. 25 Oct., 1818 ; m. 26 May, 
1839, George L. DaboII, s. of Nathan and Betsey 
Dabolly and grand-s. of Nathan Daboll of almanac 
fame. Issue, George W., now res. at Centre Gro- 
ton. Conn. 

in. Jabez SMfTH, b. I March, 1821; m. i Oct., 1853, 
Ellen M. Enos, dau. of John Enos of Ledyard, Conn. 

IV. Lavinia Malvina Smffh, b. 24 Feb., 1823 ; m. 1 Jan., 
1846, Sanford Avery Morgan, and resided at Rem- 
ington, Ind. and Poquonnoc, Conn. She d. 14 
Oct., 1855, and he m. 2d, Emily Edgecomb. 

V. Nathaniel Fanning Smith, b. 28 Jan., 1826 ; m. 12 

May, 1856, Mary Abby Loomis, dau. of Elias and 
Sarah (Morgan) Loomis of Salem, Conn. She d. 25 
Sept., 1866, and he m. sd, 22 Dec, 1S69, Caroline 
Augusta Ingersoll of Lee, Mass. 

VI. Jane Denison Smith, b. 23 Sept., 182S; m. 12 Jan., 

1S62, Edward Nichols, s. of Joseph and Sarah 
(Tucker) Nichols of Stonington, Conn. Resides 
at Waterford, Conn. 

VII. Edward Stanton Smith, b. 29 Nov., 1830 ; m. i Jan., 

1 86 1, Lida Maria Nettleton of Durham, Conn. 
Resides at West Meriden, Conn. 

VIII. Benjamin Frankun SMrrn, b. 7 March, 1833 ; d. 25 

Scpt», 1852. 
IX. George Washington Smtih, b. ii Sept., 1836 ; m. 19 

March, 1861, Jane Lathrop Crandall, dau. of John 

and Jerusha Lathrop (Bates) Crandall of Groton, 

Conn. Resided at Poquonnoc Bridge, Conn., where 

he d. 25 June, 1902. 
X. Edward Fanning SMrrn, b. 25 June, 1S39 ; killed 16 

May, 1864, at the assault on Drewry's Muff, Va., in 

Co. C, 2 1 St Regt., Conn. Vols. 

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1x5. THOMAS EDMUND* FANNING, b. 1765, 

m. in Isle of Wight Co., Va., 3 March, 181 2, 

Elizabeth Jordan, 
dau. of Matthew and ( ) Jordan, 

and b. at 

Elizabeth Jordan had three sisters : Sarah, Mary and 

Thomas Edmund Fanning (Thomas Fanning simply 
on the Stonington records), son of Gilbert and Huldah 
(Palmer) Fanning, was b. at Stonington, Conn., 17 May, 

In early life he followed the sea. When a young man, 
while serving on board the private armed schooner, 
Weasel, he was captured by the British, and with his 
brother Gilbert (No. i ii) imp-isoned on board the Jer- 
sey Prison Shij) in New York Harbor. His uncle. Col. 
Edmund Fanning (No. 46), a royalist, being informed of 
Gilbert's death, and, in addition, that Thomas was dan- 
gerously ill, procured his removal to a lodging which he 
had provided for him in New York, where, after much 
careful nursing, he recovered, was exchanged, and re- 
turned to his parents in Connecticut. 

The following letter written by Thomas Fanning while 
lying ill in New York at that time, has been presen-ed : 

"New York, the 3d of Nov., 17S2. 
"Mr. John Wickham, 

"Southold, Long Island : 
"Dear Uncle, 

"I wrote you a line some time in the Spring 
requesting you to send me the Bed and Furniture that 
you made mention of when I was at your House, as Be- 
queathed to my Father by Grand-father Fanning — I know 
not whether it arrived at your hand or not, therefore I 
hope you will excuse this. I have since seen my Father 

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and for yotir safety rc(|ticstO(I a line from him ii|)on yoti 
for the above metitiotieil Bed, which I herein enclose and 
Humbly beg the favor of my Uncle to forward the same 
by the Sag- Harbor, Packet, Capt. Latham ; and whatever 
expense or trouble you shall be at, Capt. Latham will dis- 
charge the same. 

My circumstances are such at present that I stand in 
particular need of it. I therefore hope my Uncle will ex- 
cuse the Requested Favour 

I have the Honour 
to be Your Friend 
and Nephew 

Thos. Fanning. 

The next mention we find of him is the record of his 
baptism at the Stonington Church, 12 Aug., 1787. After 
that his name disappears from the Conn, records. 

In 1 792 he was res. in New York City.* Soon after- 
ward he removed South, and located "near Norfolk, Va.," 
(supposed to be Isle of Wight Co.), where mention is 
found of his living in 1803, a "Quaker and bachelor." 
He m. late in life, 1S12, and was living in Isle of Wight 
Co., Va., at that time. 

He d. at Prospect, Isle of Wight Co., Va., i Oct., 1821. 

Widow d. at same place, 10 Dec, 1825, and both are 
l)ur. there. 


258. I. EuzAnETH*, b. at Prospect, Isle of Wight Co., Va., 7 

Dec, 18x2 ; m. at , Jesse Twine, whose 

first wife was her sister Mary (No. 261). No issue. 

259. II. Gilbert*, b. at Prospect, Isle of Wight Co., Va., 4 April, 

1814; d. in 1816. 

* Vide Stonington Deeds, Book xiii., p. 68. Confirmed also by old Broivn 
Bible in the possession of a descendant. 

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+260. III. Thomas Edmund', b. at Prospect, Isle of Wight Co., 
Va., 25 Dec, 18 19. 
261. iv« Mary*, b. at Prospect, Isle of Wight Co., Va., 18 Oct., 
1821 ; m. at Winfall, Perquimans Co., N. C, 

, Jesse Twine. She d. soon after marriage, 
and he m. 2d her sister Elizabeth (No. 258). 
Issue ^ one daughter: 
I. Mary Elizarkth Twine, b. in Perquimans Co., N.C., 
18 Jan., 1843 ; '^- ^^ Windsor, N. C, 10 May, 
1S63, William Rascoe, b. in Bertie Co., N. C, 22 
March, 1S41, s. of Jno. Peter and Martha (Bond) 
Rascoe. He was a planter, and res. in Bertie Co., 
N. C, where he d. 31 March, 1891. 
She d. at Windsor, N. C, 28 Oct., 1898. 
Issue : 
I. Cora Scott Xvscor., b. in Bertie Co., N.C., 
1 7 June, 1S64 ; m. in Bertie Co., N. C, 18 
April, 1883, Thomas Gillam, of firm of 
Gillam & Lyon, Bankers, Windsor, N. C. 
Issue : 

1. Francis Gillam, b. 8 Nov., 18S4. 

II. Jno. P. R. Gillam, b. 10 Nov., 1886. 

III. William Rascoe Gillam, b. 16 Dec, 

1 888; d. 30 March, 1890. 
IV. Thomas Gillam, b. 10 May, 1891. 
II. MoLLiE Mhoon Rascoe, b. in Bertie Co., 
N. C, 7 April, 1880; d. 9 Feb., 1893. 

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xiy. EDMUND* FANNING, b. 1769, {GHbert\Jame^, 
77iomas\ Edmund^) 

m. at Stontngton. Conn.. 14 June, 1790. 

Sarah Sheffield, 
dan. of Acors and Lois (Cobb) Sheffield, 
and b. at Stonington, Conn.. 7 Aug.. 1 769. 

Capt. Edmund Fanning, son of Gilbert and Huldah 
(Palmer) Fanning, was b. at Stonington, Conn.. 16 July, 
1769. He was a sea captain, and a noted explorer and 

He removed to New York City previous to 1792, where 
he was of the firm of "E. & H. Fanning and W. Coles. 
Merchants/' and res. in that city and at Stonington the 
rest of his life. 

He was the discoverer of three important islands in the 
Pacific Ocean in 1798; projected and organized the 
South Sea Hxploring Expedition, whicli was patronized 
by the U. S. Government ; and was author of two enter- 
taining volumes : "Tanning's Voyages" and "Explora- 
tions to the South Seas." 

His wife d. in New York City, 19 April, 1841, a. 71 yrs., 
8 mos.. 1 2 ds. 

He d. in New York City. 23 April. 1841, a. 71 yrs., 9 
mos., 7 ds.* 

Both are bur. at Stonington. Conn., in the Robinson 
Burying Ground. 

(For extended account of Capt. Edmund Fanning see 
Biographical part of this volume.) 
262. 1. Edmun'd S •. b. at Stonington, Conn.. 1 7 March, 

1791 ; d. at New York City, 30 April, 1792. 

•Some sources give hU age as ••71 yri., 8 mos., 25 ds." The date of his 
birth, however, is from his own statement in his puhlisbcil voUimc of "Fan- 
ning*s Voyages/' and the date of his death from tlic tombstone record at 
Stonington, Conn. 

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+ 263. II. William Axson", b. :U 34 Cherry Slrccl, New York 
• City, 4 Jan., 1794. 
264. iiL Sarah Elizabkth", b. at 347 Pearl Street, New York 
City, 3 March, 1 796 ; m. in New York City, 1 7 Au^., 
181 1, James William Bleecker, s. of John James and 
Esther (Rhinelander) Bleecker, b. 16 Oct., 1787. 
John James Hleecker was s. of James and Abigail 
(Lispenard) Bleecker. 

James William Bleecker was a stock broker, and 
res. in New York City, where he d. 5 Oct., 1861. 
Widow d. at Fort Washington, N. Y., in Oct., 1875. I 
Both bur. in Trinity Church Cemetery, N. Y, 
hsiic^ horn in Ncia York City: 
L Sarah Fanning I^leecker, b. 20 May, 1S12 ; 
m. Rev. Samuel Denison, then pastor of the 
Baptist Church, 2d Avenue, near loth Street, • 
New York City. | 

H. James Edmund Bleecker, b. 17 Oct., 1814; { 
m. Victoria Williams, and had issue, Edward, 
Sarah, Victoria, James and Jacintha. 
HL John Rhineiander Bleecker, b. 20 Aug., 
1816; m. 8 Dec, 1844, Mary E., dan. of 
Alexander Clinton, m. d., of New York City. 

IV. Mary Louisa Bleecker, b. 2 Oct., 1818; d. 


V. William Fanning Bleecker, b. 1 7 April, 1S20 ; 

d. 20 Aug., 1820. 
VI. Ann Elizabeth Bleecker, b. 2 Aug., 1822; 

m. James P. Walcott. 
vii. Henry Augustus Bleecker, b. in 1824; d. 

viii. Laura Bleecker, b. in 1826 ; d. young. 
IX. Juliet Bleecker, b. 26 Sept., 1828 ; m. 10 
April, 1849, Robert Chesebrough Rathbone 
of New York City. 

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iteri^^Jamci*^ Thomas^ ^ JuimuiuO) 
ni. at Charleston, S. C, 

Maria Margaret Yore (or Yoeiir), 
dau. of 
and b. at 

According to accounts by some of his descendants her 
father was a German soldier who came to this country 
with the Hessian army at the time of the Revolutionary 

Capt. Lemuel Palmer Fanning, son of Gilbert and 
Huldah (Palmer) Fanning, was b. at Stonington, Conn., 
21 April, 1 771. 

He res. at Stonington, and, like his brothers, followed 
the sea. He ui. at Charleston, S. C, early in life, and 
may have res. for a time in that city, but d. at Stoning- 
ton, 9 Nov., 1 795, a. 24 yrs., 6 mos. and 2 1 ds., leaving 
an only dau. He is bur. at Stonington. 

After his death the widow m. 2d, Stephen Bulkley, of 
Charleston, S. C.» a relative of her daughter's husband, 
and had Caroline Bulkley, married to Hon. Isaac I). Stuart 
of Hartford, Conn., who lived on the famous Charter Oak 
estate which his wife had inherited from her f:ithcr. They 
had issue, Ellen Margaretta Stuart, living unm. at Newton 
Highlands, Mass. ; Isabel Winthrop Stuart, living unm. at 
Hampton, N. H. ; and Grace Chetwood Stuart, m. to 
William C. Brocklesby of Hartford and Newton High- 
lands, an architect, and son of the late Prof. Brocklesby 
of Trinity College, Hartford. 
265. I. Anne Eliza*, b. at Charleston, S. C, 24 Jan., 1 792 ; m. 
at Charleston, Ashbcl Bulkley, a merchant of that 
city. She d. at Elizabeth, N. J., 20 Dec, 1S91, a. 
nearly 100 years. 

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I. Eliza Faxxing Bulklky, b. at Charleston, S. C, 
8 June, 1S17 j m. in New York City, 29 Nov., 
1843, Bruce Archibald Chilton, s. of George and 
Mary (Smith) Chilton. Issue : 
I. Bruce Edward Chilton, b. 9 May, 1S45 ; 
m. at Watervlict, N. Y., 22 Feb., 1S69, 
Charlotte Augusta Sage. Res. at Montclair, 
N.J. Issue: Bruce Archibald, d. 1871; 
Maude James, m. Lemuel William Serrcll 
of Plainficld, N. J.; Bruce Mortimer; 
Edmund Fanning, m. Fannie Deals of 
Jersey City; James Wilkinson, Robert 
Mackintosh and Joseph Tucker Chilton. 
II. Ann Eliza Chilton, b. ; m. ist 

P>ank Parsclls, and had issue Josephine ; 
m. 2d William Haring. Res. at Phila., Pa. 
II. Charles Henry Augustus BuLKLEV,b. at Charles- 
ton, S.C, 22 Dec, 1S19 ; in. 8 Sept., 1847, Anna 
Auchlncloss Masters of New York City. 

Mr. Bulkley was a Presbyterian clergyman, 
and a professor in Howard University, Wash- 
ington, D. C. He graduated at the University 
of New York in 1839 and the Union Theologi- 
cal Seminary in 1842. He d. at Washington, 
D. C, 2 Feb., 1893, and is bur. at Canandai- 
gua, N. Y. Issue, six ch. : Isabella Wilbur, 
Annie Fanning, Henry Wyllys Taylor, Francis 
Masters, Charles Caldwell and Mary Wilbur. 
III. Ash BEL Le Seigneur Bulklev, b. at Charleston, 
S. C, 21 March, 1821 ; d. at Elizabeth, N. J. 
After Ashbel Bulkley, Senior's death the wid.,Annc 
Eliza, m. at New York Robert Rushton Boyd, an im- 
porter of that city, and one of the founders of the 
American Institute and of the Mercantile Library, b. 

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at Boyd's Point, N. Y. (now Ogdensburg), 31 Aug., 
i8oo. He d. at Morris Plains, N. J,, 3 Sept., 1878. 
Issue by her Boyd marriage : 

I. Catharine Antoineti-e Boyd, b. at New York 

City, 12 Feb., 1836 ; m. at Brooklyn, N. Y., i 
Dec, 1857, Angus Mackintosh, b. in London, 
Eng., 24 Nov., x832. 

He graduated at the Royal Academy, Inver- 
ness, Scotland, 1849, ^"^ came to America the 
same year. He was connected with the banking 
firm of Duncan, Sherman & Co., New York. 

Catharine d. at the Astor House, New York 
City, 13 Dec, 1893. He d. at Elizabeth, N. J., 
19 Feb., 1897, Both bur. Evergreen Cemetery. 
Issue : 
1. Helen Fanning Mackini*osh, b. at Brook- 
lyn, N. Y., II Sept., 1S58 ; m. at Eliza- 
beth, N. J., 25 April, 1883, William 
Alexander Adair, and res. at Elizabeth, 
N. J. Issue, five daughters. 

II. Robert William Mackintosh, b. at 

Brooklyn, N. Y., 22 July, i860. 

III. Jessie Grant Mackintosh, b. at Brook- 

lyn, N. Y., 29 Aug., 1862. 

IV. Archibald Wilson Mackintosh, b. at 

Brooklyn, N. Y., 2 Feb., 1866. 

V. Josephine Stansbury Mackini-osh, b. at 

Elizabeth, N. J., 29 Jan., 1S69. 

VI. AucE Stuart Mackintosh, b. at Eliza- 

beth, N. J., 7 Aug., 1871. 

II. Robert Eugene Bovd, b. at New York City, 5 

Sept., I S3 7. 

III. Horace E. Boyd, b. at ; d. 2 Oct., 1839. 

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121. HENRY*FANNING, I.. 177.S, {Ci//'tr/\J,i airs', . 

Thomas*, Edmund * ) 

m. at about 1805, 

Ann De Veau, 
dau. of 

and b. at 

Capt. ITcnry Fanninfj, the youngest son of Gilbert and 
lluldah (l*iilincr) Fanninj^ of Stonin«;ton, Conn., was I), 
in that town 13 April, 1778. He was a sea captain, ship- 
master, and merchant. At an early age he settled in New 
York City, from which place he made many voyages to 
the South Seas and China. In 1805, while in command 
of the ship Catherine, a vessel belonging to his firm 
(Fanning & Coles), he rediscovered the Cro/xt Islands, 
lie accumuUitcd considerable wealth, and built a comitry 
residence at New Rochelle, N. Y., which at that time 
was considered a marvel of.raagnificence. In the garden 
at the rear of his house he built a tower resembling a 
Chinese pagoda which was called by his intimate frienils 
" Fanning's Folly." He sold the house and property to 
Capt. Jacob Le Roy, who gave it the name of Lc Roy 
Place. It was used as a fashionable family hotel until 
burned down about the year 1887. 

Becoming security for some of his relatives he lost 
nearly all his property, which so preyed upon his mind 
as to be the approximate cause of his death. He d. in- 
testate at his residence in Fulton Street, New York, 22 
March, 182 1, a. 42 years, and was bur. in the Moravian 
Cemetery in that city. The medical returns give dropsy 
as the cause of his death. Archibald Grade of New York 
was appointed .administrator of his estate 5 Feb., 1S34. 
His widow, Ann De Veau, survived him only two months, 
dying, it is said, of a broken heart. 
Issue, one child: 
+ 266. I. Frederick DeVeau*, b. at New York City, 6 Nov., 1806, 

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129. THOMAS* FANNING, I>. 1750, {Thomas^ 

Richarti\ "rAomis', luimund^) 

m. ist at Norwich, Conn., 4 Nov., 1779, 

Lydia Tracy, 
dau. of Samuel and Sibyl (Lathrop) Tracy, 
and born at Norwich, Conn., 6 Sept., 1755. 

She d. at Norwich, 19 Dec, 1787, a. 32 years, and is 
bur. at Nonvich Town.* 

Lydia Tracy was granddaughter of Daniel and Abigail 
(I-^flingwell) Tracy, great-granddaughter of Daniel and 
Abigail ( Adgatc) Tracy, all of Norwich, and great-great- 
granddaughter of Lieut. Thomas Tracy, the pioneer, and 
an original proprietor of that town. 

He m. 2d at Norwich, Conn., zi June, 1789, 

Lydia Coit, 
dau. of Capt. William and Sarali (I^throp) Coit, 
and b. at Norwich, Conn., 4 Sept., 1766. 

She d. at Norwich, i Nov., 1789, a. 23, and is bur. in 
the City Cemetery there, " having been in the marriage 
state 4 mos. and 20 days" (headstone). 

He m. 3d at Norwich, Conn., 15 May, 1803, 

Lucy Coit Ledyard, 
dau. of Wheeler and Mehitable (Lester) Coit, 
widow of Eleazer Lcdyard, Jr., 
and b. at , 8 Oct., 1766. 

Capt. Thomas Fanning, eldest son of Capt. Thomas 
and Anne (Reynolds) Fanning of Nom^ich, was born in 
that town 18 July, 1750. At the outbreak of hostilities 

^ *' Beneath this foloma Monument | is Interred | the lifelefs clay of the 
once I Amiable & virtuous | M" Lydia Fanning | the loving & beloved con- 
fort I of M^ Thomas Fanning | of Norwich | the daugh* of | Samuel Tracy 
Esq' I & M". Sybel his wife | the mother of | Lydia, Lucretia & X.incy Fan- 
ning I She died Dec**' \cf^ 1787 J\L 32 years | The tender friend once fmiling 
as the morn." 

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between England and the American Colonies he took an 
active part hi the War for Independence. In July, 1775, 
he joined Col. Jedcdiah Huntington's 8th Conn, regi- 
ment as quartermaster, with the rank of lieutenant, and 
reentered the service in 1 776 in the 17th Continental regi- 
ment under the same colonel. This regiment after the 
siege of Boston marched under Gen. Washington to New 
York, and remained in that vicinity, assisting in fortifying 
and protecting the city until ordered to Brooklyn in Au- 
gust, 1776. There, on the 27th of that month, it was 
engaged in the battle of Long Island, where it lost heav- 
ily in killed, wounded, and prisoners, among the latter 
being Quartermaster Fanning, Some time after he was 
paroled by Gen. Howe in order that he might visit his 
home in Norwich on private business. When the time of 
Ins parole had expired he advertised his return to New 
York in Sept., 1777, so that the friends of the Norwich 
prisoners in that city could send money or letters to them 
by him. He was afterwards exchanged and appointed 
assistant quartermaster to the Conn, forces. He suc- 
ceeded Col. Hubbard as quartermaster on the 12th of 
Jan., 1781, with the rank of captain. 

In 1782, Capt. Fanning, in conjunction with sixty-seven 
of the leading men of Norwich, labored strenuously to 
suppress the pernicious and corrupt practice of smuggling 
carried on during the war between the British lines and 
the Connecticut seaports, owing to the apathy or conni- 
vance of the local authorities. In the later years of the 
war this underhand traffic had a most injurious effect on 
the country, as the goods brought from the British lines 
were paid for in coin, which finding its way into the ene- 
my's hands greatly impoverished the country already 
much depleted of specie. The traffic thus operated 
against honest labor and lawful trade, besides nullifying 
and bringing the laws into coniempt. 

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After the war Capt. FaDning engaged in mercantile 
pursuits, succeeding his father as ship-owner and mer- 
chant. He was one of the most public-spirited citizens 
of Norwich, taking an active part in everything that con- 
duced to the prosperity and permanent improvement of his 
native town*. In 1797, he and Joseph Perkins at their i 
own expense deeded to the town a plot of land to be 
used as a park or public parade. 

Capt. Thomas Fanning was an alderman of Norwich 
in 1809. 

He d. at Norwich on Sunday, 24 May, iSi2,at 5 o'clock , 
p. M., a. 62 years, and is bur. at Norwich Town. His 
estate was distributed by the Probate Court at Norwich, 
10 April, 1813. 

Issue by wife Lydia Tracy ^ recorded at Norwich : 
267. I. LvDiA*, b. at Nonvich, Conn., 6 Sept., 17S0; m. at 
Norwich, Conn., 28 Sept., 1801, Charles Richards, 
b. 2 Dec, 1773. He was a merchant, and they set- 
tled in New York City, where he was of the firm of 
Richards & Coit. 

He d. at Augusta, Ga., 13 June, 1820. 
Widow d. in VVarrensburg, N. Y., in July, 1863. 
Issue : 

X. E.MILV Richards, b. 4 March, 1803 ; d. unm., 

25 Oct., 1850. 
IT. LuCRETiA Fanning Richards, b. 25 Feb., 

1805 ; m. 15 July, 1828, William IJ. Farlin. 

She d. in May, 1875. 
III. Jamks Tracy Richards, b. 29 March, 1807; 

m. 26 Nov., 1834, Anne Thomas Tracy, dau. 

of Maj. Thomas and Elizabeth (Aver}') Tracy 

of Norwich, where he res. and d. 13 Dec, 


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IV. 'rihiMAs TANNiNr. RiiMiAKiis, 1). 12 April, iSo.S ; 

m. ist, 2 April, kSjj, Harriet lluwlaiid 
IJrinckcrhofT, dau. of George and Kli/abolh 
(lluwland) lirinckcrhoffof New York. He 
m. 2d, Jane Antoinette North, lie d. 29 
March, 1S69. 

V. Lucy Smuii Riciiarus, b. 15 April, 181 2 ; d, 

4 Dec, 1S12. 
VI. Charlie Tr.\cy Richards, b. 6 Oct., 1813; 

d. S Nov., 1S43, iinm. 
VII. Henry Richards, b. 22 July, 1S19 ; d. 4 Sept., 
1SS9, unm. 
26S. II. Lt'CREi'iA*, b. at Norwich, Conn., 2 May, 1783 ; m. at 
, 14 April, 1805, Joseph H. Strong, and 
res. at Nonvlch, Conn. Issue : Mary Ann, m. Oliver 
E. Huntington ; Cornelia, Harriot, Elizabeth, Charles, 
m. Susan M. Huntington; Henry, George and Au- 

Joseph H. Strong d. i Sept., 1855. 
Widow d. 2 March, 1865. 

269. HI. Anne' (or Nancy), b. at Norwich, Conn., 25 May, 

1786 ; m. at Norwich, Conn., 23 March, 1836, Capt. 
John Lovett Boswell, as his 3d wife. They res. at 
Norwich, Conn. No issue. 

He d. at Norwich, 11 June, 1842. 

She d. there, 5 Sept., 1 881, a, 95 years. 
Issue by wife Lucy Coit Lcdyard^ recorded at Norwich : 

270. IV. Andrew MuRDOCK*, b. at Norwich, Conn., 20 Feb., 

1804. He graduated at Yale College (a.m.) in 1822, 
and a few years afterward went to sea for his health, 
and was lost 5 Nov., 1S29, in the 26th year of his 
age. Unm. 
•271. Y. Thcmas Coit*^, b. at Nonvich, Conn., 2 Aug., 1805. 

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132. JOHN (RE YNOLDSV FANNING, h. 1758, 
{ThtfMtts^f Richiirtt^^ Thomas* ^ Etimititti^) 
m. at Norwich, Conn., 15 Oct., 1795, 

Abigail Tracy, 
dau. of Samuel and Sibyl (I-Jithrop) Tracy, 
and b. at Norwich, Conn., 18 Jan., 1765. She had sis- 
ter, Lydia Tracy, who was ist wife of Thomas Fanning 
(No. 129). (See Tracy dati under that article). 

Capt. John (Reynolds) Fanning, third son of Capt. 
Thomas and Anne (Reynolds) Fanning of Noru-ich, 
Conn., was b. in that town, 21 Dec, 1758.* He is re- 
corded in the Nonvich births v& "John Reynolds Fan- 
ning," but he never used his middle name. 

He was a sea captain and shipmaster, and res. at Nor- 

On the loth of July, 1775, he enlisted at Norwich as 
a private iii the ist company of Col. Jedediah Hunting- 
ton's 8th Conn. Regiment, in which his brother Thomas 
was quartermaster, and served until 16 Dec, 1775. He 
was appointed surgeon's mate on the nth of April, 1777, 
and assigned to die Connecticut General Military Hos- 
pital, where he served until June, 1 780. He made an 
application for a pension, 25 March, x8i8, and it was 
allowed for "three years actual service as surgeon's mate 
in the Conn, troops." At his death his widow Abigail 
received a pension for the service of her husband. 

After the war he engaged in a seafaring life, owning 
and commanding his own vessels, which traded between 
Norwich and the West Indies. He owned and com- 
manded the sloop Nancy, in which he made several voy- 
ages previous to 1789. He aftenvards commanded the 
brig Union, in which he made three voyages with full 
cargoes to and from the West Indies in 1 793, arriving at 

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Norwich on the nth of March, the nth of July, and the 
3d of Oct. of that year. This was considered a remark- 
able feat at that time. Two return voyages to the West 
Indies with full cargoes were ordinarily as much as could 
be accomplished during the year. 

He d. suddenly on the 22d of Aug., 1830, in the 72d 
year of his age. He is bur. at Norwich Town. His will 
on record at Norwich, d.itcd 5 Nov., 1827, probated 
25 Aug., 1S30, mentions wife Abigail, dau. Abby, sons 
Cicorgc Edward, John I loward, Thomas Tracy and James 

His widow, who survived him nearly twenty years, d. 
in her daughter's arms after one hour's sickness, at 2 p. m., 
on the 3d of Jan., 1850, in the 85th year of her age. 
Bur. at Norwich Town. 

hsitCy recorded at Norwich : 

272. I. Jane Ar.nv*, b. at Norwich, Conn., 24 July, 1799. She 

wrote her name "Jane Abby," but was called "Abby" 
by her friends. Her birth Is recorded at Norwich as 
"Abba." She d. at the old homestead in Norwich 
I March, 1S52, in her 53d year, unm., and is bur. in 
the family lot at Norwich Town. 

273. II. Thomas TR.\cv^ b. at Norwich, Conn., 29 March, 

1801. He d. at Cincinnati, O., 26 Dec, 1850, a. 
49 yrs., unm., and is b. at Norwich Town. 

274. III. George Edward", b. at Norwich, Conn., 4 Dec, 1802 ; 

d. s June, X877, in her 7Sth year, unm., and is bur. 

at Norwich Town. 
4-2 7S- IV. John Howard', b. at Norwich, Conn., 2 April, 1805. 
-f 276. v. JaiMES GiLBERi-*, b. at Norwich, Conn., 7 Sept., 1S09, 

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135. RICHARD* FANNING, b. 1764, {RUhard\ 

Richard^^ Thomas\ Edmund^) 

tn. xsty at Preston, Conn., 17 Dec, 1789, 
by Rev. Paul Park, 

LfUcy Ann Park, 
dau. of Elisha and Margaret (Avery) Park, 
and b. at Preston, Conn., 18 Feb., 1768. 

She d. at Preston, 19 Sept., 1793, in her 26th year, and 
is bur. at Preston Plains Cemetery, earlier known as Avery 
Pond Burying Ground, where her headstone still remains. 
He m. 2d, at Preston, Conn., 26 Oct., 1797, 
by Rev. Lemuel Tyler, 

Elizabeth Park, 
dau. ofZebulon and Anne (Killam) Park, 
and b. at Preston, Conn., 2 Nov., 1762. 

Zebulon Park was son of Ezckiel and Marcy (SafTord) 
Park, and was b. 10 March, 1718. Anne Killam was dau. 
of Samuel and Elizabeth Killam, and was b. 16 Jan., 1723. 

Richard Fanning, son of Richard and Hannah ( ) 

Fanning, was born at Stonington, Conn., 31 Aug., 1764. 
He resided at Stonington during early life, but after 
1789 removed to Preston, Conn., and was admitted a 
freeman of town 8 .\pril, 1 799- His farm of 5 7 acres 
was near Preston City, on the road leading to Norwich. 

He d. at Preston, 6 June, 1827, in his 63d year. The 
inventory of his real and personal estate, taken iS Aug., 
1827, recorded at Norwich, amounted to $1205.39. 

His widow d. at Preston, "7 July, 1851, aged Z(i years, 
10 mos., 2 days."* Both bur. in Preston Plains Cemetery. 

Widow Elizabeth Fanning's name is found on the rec- 
ords of the First Church of Preston as a member in 1847. 
Issue by wife Lucy: 
+277. I. Henry', b. at Stonington or Preston,Conn., , 1 791. 

* According to Records of First Church of Preston, Conn. 

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lyj. ASA* FANNINCf, h. 170S, (h*t\lutnt\ A'tr/mn/^ 

27to//ius\ Eiimtiiui^) 

m. at New London, Conn., 29 Nov., 1792, 

Jerusha Brown, 
only ch. of and Amy ( ) Brown, 

and b. at New London, about 1774. 

Asa Fanning, son of Richard and Hannah ( ) 

Fanning, was born at Stonlngton, Conn., 20 July, 1 768.* 
He was a farmer, and resided in early life probably at 
Stonington, his native town. About 1802, at the time of 
the great exodus of people to New York State, Asa Fan- 
ning, in company with his wife and children, his father, 
mcuhcr, brothers Frederick and Charles, and brothers-in- 
law William ]\i!mer and David ICggleslon, removed to 
Chenango Co., N. V., where he settled upon a farm in 
what is now the town of Preston. This farm of 70 acres 
Asa willed at his death to his son Jonathan, and it re- 
mained in the possession of the family until about 1863. 

Descendants of Asa claim that he was enrolled in Capt. 
Aiken's Shefiield Company of Militia at Stonington, 
Conn., in April, 1 782, serving one year as a private in the 
Revolutionary army, and that his name was placed upon 
the Pension Roll of Revolutionary Soldiers, 13 May, 1833, 
his widow becoming a Revolutionary pensioner in 1848. 
No record of the service of Asa Fanning is found in the 
printed Conn. Revolutionary Rolls, however, nor does his 
or his widow's name appear as pensioner therein. 

He d. at Preston Center, N. Y., "26 Nov., 1838, in the 
74th year of his age," so headstone reads, and is bur. in 
the family lot on the old Eggleston farm at Preston Cen- 
tre, N. Y. (g.s.)t 

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tThc headstone, with others of the fnmily, has been rcmovccl from the 
orij/inal position over the grave in the corner of the old farm, and is now 
(1903) leaning against a stone wall, and the ground u in cultivation over 
the grave. 

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His will, (latoil •! An;{., i«^3.|, ami rodiril lo same, 
dalcd 25 Aug., 183S, prohatcd 4 l**cb., 1839,011 file at 
Norwich, Chenango Co., N. Y., mentions wife, Jerusha, 
and son, Jonathan P. W., whom he named executrix and 
executor respectively ; sons Richard, Asa, Henry B. and 
Cristal ; dau. Hannah, wife of George W. Herrick, and 
dau. Amy, wife of Simeon Gates. 

The widow after 1852 made her home with her dau., 
Mrs. Hannah Herrick, at Coming, N. Y., where she d. 
23 June, 1862, and where she is bur. 

Jerusha Brown's mother, Amy, after the death of her 
first husband m. a Mr. Gere. He dying she removed to 
Preston, N. Y., and lived with her dau. Jcnisha until her 
dcalU, 30 July, 1832, at the age of 93 years. She is bur. 
on tlie old Kgglcston flinn at Preston Centre, N. Y. (g.s.) 
Istue : 

I. Richard*, b. at Preston, Conn., 23 Dec, 1793. 

II. Asa*, b. at Preston, Conn., 29 July, 1795. 

III. Jerusha •, b. at Preston, Conn. ; d. at Preston, N. Y., 

"aged 15 years and 21 days" [all there is on the 
headstone in the old burial ground on the Eggles- 
ton farm at Preston Centre, N. Y.] 

IV. Son*, (not named), b. at Preston, Conn, ; d. infancy. 

V. Hannah*, b. at Preston, Conn., in 1802 ; m. at Pres- 

ton, N. Y., 21 May, 1826, George W, Herrick, a 
wagon maker and farmer, b. in 1800. 

He d. at Corning, N. Y., 25 June, 1879, in his 
80th year. 

She d. at Corning, N. Y., 17 March, 1885. Both 
bur. there. 

Issue: Hannah Maria, George Henry, James 
Hervey, William DcWitt, Mary Louise and I'lora 
Ann Herrick. 

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283. VI. WiLUAM Frederick*, b. at Preston, N, Y., in Feb., 
1805. He was a teacher and farmer. Died 12 
Sept., 1S28, unm., a. 23 yrs., 7 mos., and is bur. in 
the family burying ground on the Egglcston farm 
at Preston Centre, N. Y. (g. s.) 
vir, Amv Gere*, b. at Preston, N. Y., , 1806 ; m. 

at Simeon Gates, and res. in 1S38 at 

Dryden, Tompkins Co., N. Y. Issue : Myron and 
Asa Gates, both now believed to be dead. Asa was 
in Memphis, Tenn., in 1862, and nothing has since 
been heard from him. 

She d. in 1850 or 1855 at Richford, Tioga Co., 
N. Y. 

285. VIII. LucvS b. at ; d. at Preston, N. Y., "aged 

15 years 8 months 12 days" [all there is on the 
headstone in the family burial ground on the Eg- 
glcston farm at Preston Centre, N, Y.] 

IX. Henry B *, b. at Preston, N. Y. , 1810 ; 
d. unm. early in life. Was living in 1838, residence 
not stated. 

X. JoxATHAN P W •, b. at Preston, N. Y., 
, 1812. 

XI. Cristal*, b. at Preston, N. Y., 14 June, 1814. 

XII. Dauchtek',* b. ; m., it is said, a Thomp- 

XIII. James*,* b. ; said to have gone South 

and was never heard from afterwards. 


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+ 288. 


* So stated by some members of the family, but contradicted by others. 

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X38. HENRY» FANNING, b. 1770, * {Jiichard\ 

Richard^, Thomas\ Edmund^) 

m. at Preston, Conn., 13 May, 1797, 

Lovina Standish, 
dau. of Amasa and Zerviah (Smith) Standish, 
and b. at 18 Dec, 1777. 

Amasa Standish was s. of Israel, grand-s. of Samuel and 
Deborah (Gates) Standish, great-grand-s. of Josiah Stan- 
dish, and great-great-grand-s. of Capt. Myles Standish 
of Plymouth. 

Henry Fanning, son of Richard and Hannah ( ) 

Fanning, was bom iS Dec, 1770, probably at Stoning- i 
ton, Conn., where he resided until his marriage. After- ! 
ward he lived at Preston, Salem, Bozrah, Montville, Ber- 
lin, and for a long time at Colchester, Conn. He was a 
cooper. He was admitted a freeman at Preston, 13 April, 
He d. at 21 Feb., 1825. 

She was admitted to the First Church of Preston, 3 
Nov., 1828, and d. 31 March, 185S. 

Issue elci'cn chiidren^ the first three of whom 
are recorded at Preston : 

291. I. William Frederick*, b. at Preston, Conn., 15 Feb., 

1 798. He never m., was a sailor, and was drowned 
at sea on his way to England in Jan., 1824. 

292. II. Zerviah Smith', b. at Preston, Conn., 24 Jan., 1800; 

m. in Nov., 1827, Richard Hakes, and lived at Pres- 
ton City, Conn. He was b. 2 March, 1806, and d. 
2 Sept., 1867, a. 61 years. She d. 9 March, 18S8. 
Both bur. at Preston. No issue. 
-f-293. in. Amasa Standish*, b. at Preston, Conn., 6 Feb., 1S02. 
294. IV. Emeline*, b. at Preston, Conn., 31 March, 1S04 ; ni. 
at Groton, Conn., 25 Jan., 1829, Lyman Smith, and 
res. at Montville, Conn. She was a school-teacher. 
She d. s Sept., 1861. Ho d. 27 May, 1S90. Both 

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+ 298. 


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301. XI. 

hur. In ihc f;imlly iMiryin^j j:;roiim1 on lln? oM honic- 

slc;ul near Massapca^, in ihc town uf Monlvillc, 


Issve : 

I. Hknrv Austin Smith, b. at Montville, Conn., 
27 June, 1S34. Graduated Bacon Academy, 
Colchester, Conn. ; was in War of the Rebellion, 
and ist lieut., Co. A, 26th Regt. Conn. Vols. ; 
was badly wounded at Port Hudson, 27 May, 
1S63, and was honorably discharged 17 Aug. 
following. He m. Harriet Mitchell, and res. 
at Norwich, Conn., and is a U. S. pensioner. 
Issue, one son, Henry Buckingham Smith. 
11. Julia E. Smith, b. at Montville, Conn., 5 March, 
1S40 ; m. 25 July, 1868, John Turner 0'1'ricn, 
and res. at Mohegan, Conn. 
Hen'rv J^ b. at Hozrah, Conn., 30 July, 1806. 
Ezra Standish^ b. at 17 Jan., 1S09 ; d. 

17 May, 1809. 
BE^7A.^HX Richard^ b. at Montville, Conn., 12 Sept., 

Alexander Newton', b. at Berlin, Conn., 17 March, 

Thaddeus Porter', b. at 15 Oct., 18 15. 

Jane C ^ b. at 5 March, 1819 ; m. 

at 13 July, 1840, William Gates, son of 

William Gates, and brother to that Jabez C. Gates 
who m. her niece, Anna Geer Fanning. They res. 
at Blanchard, Iowa. 
Charles Standish', b. at 14 Dec, 1821 ; 

d. 28 Jan., 1822. 

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{A'ic/n$n/*, RUhuni^^ Thomas*^ iuimumi^) 
m. at 

dau. of 
and b. at 

William Frederick Fanning, son of Richard and Han- 
nah ( ) Fanning, was bom 21 April, 1773, proba- 
bly at Stonington, Conn. 

It is not known that he married. It is stated by some 
members of the family that he removed from Conn, to 
Chenango Co., N. Y., and married, but there is no record 
or further evidence of it. If he located there, or elsewhere, 
he certainly returned to Conn, later, for he was "of Gro- 
ton" in 1796, where he died intestate about May of that 
year. The Stonington Probate Records, Book vi., p. do^ 
give the following information about him, which is all that 
is known : 

"At a Court of Probate held in Groton June 7th 1796 
Prefcnt the Hon*'' Charles Phelps Esq. 

"This Court Hath appointed Henry Faning of Ston- 
ington Adm' on the Intestate Estate of W" Frederick 
Faning late of Groton Dec* Letters of Adm* Granted 
& Bonds taken Atteft John Dcnison 3** Clerk 

"This Court Hath allowed the Creditors of the Eftate 
of W" Frederick Faning Late of Groton Dec* 6 months 
to exhibit their claims against s* Deccs* Ellate or be De- 
barred a Recovery agreeable to law. 

" Exhibited in this Court an Inventory of ye Eftate of 
W" Frederick Faning Late of Groton Dec* which is ac- 
cepted by this Court & ordered Recorded, 

"An Inventory Taken of Eftate of Mr \V~ Frederick 
Faning late of Groton Dec* June 7, AD 1796 ♦ » ♦ » ; 
"pr us Henry Gallup ) under 
Phinehas Faning J oath " 


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140. CHARLES* FANNING, b. 1777, {Richani\ 

Richard^, Thomas-, Edmt/nd^) 

m. in Chenango Co., N. Y., 31 July, 1805, 

Anna Andrus, 
dau. of 
and born at 1781. 

Charles Fanning, youngest son of Richard and Hannah 
( ) Fanning, was born 13 May, 1777, probably at 

Stonington, Conn. He was a farmer. He removed about 
1802 to Chenango Co., N. Y., and setded there. He was 
of Nonvich, Chenango Co., N. Y., 17 May, of that year, 
as proved by the Nonvich records. Afterwards he re- 
moved to Avon; Livingston Co., and later to Monroe Co., 
N. Y. 

She d. at Brockport or Sweden, Monroe Co., N. Y., 5 
March, 1836. 

He d. at Brockport or Sweden, Monroe Co., N. Y., 31 
July, 1S39. 

Issti€ : 

+302. I. Luther*, b. in Chenango Co., N. Y., 16 March, i8o6. 
+303. 11. Calvin', b. in Chenango Co., N. Y., 14 May, 1807. 
-1-304. III. JoxATHAN*, b. in Chenango Co., N. Y., 4 or 21 March, 

+305. IV. Palmer*, b. at Preston, Chenango Co., N. Y., 28 Nov., 
306. V, Aurora*, b. at Oxford, Chenango Co., N. Y., 24 Dec, 
1812 ; m. at Avon, Livingston Co., N. Y., 12 Dec, 
1834, Samuel Alanson Morgan, b. in Sandisfield, 
Mass., 4 June, 181 1. They res. in Pittsfield and 
Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co., Mich* He d. at Am^ 
Arbor, 3 Dec, 1875. She d. there 18 Jan., 1890, 
Issue, eight ch., all farmers or farmers' wives : 
I. Franklin C. M0RCAN,b. in Riga, Monroe Co., 
N. Y., 2 Sept., 1836 ; lived in Howell, Liv- 
ingston Co., Mich. 

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11. JOAN>rA Morgan, b. at Sweden, Monroe Co., 
N, v., a8 June, 1838 ; m. a Fite and lived 
in Geary, Clinton Co., Mich. 

III. Ansel C. Morgan, b. at Pittsfield, Washte- 

naw Co., Mich., 38 July, 1840; lived at 
Petersburg, Munroe Co., Mich. 

IV. William P. Morgan, b. at Pittsfield, Mich., 

23 April, 1842 ; d. 14 Feb., 1875. 

V. Frances Aurora Morgan, b. at Pittsfield, 

Mich., 13 Sept., 1846; m. a Sleight and 
lived at Bath, Clinton Co., Mich. 

VI. Clarissa L. Morgan, b. at Pittsfield, Mich., 

24 June, 1848; m. a McGonigle; d. in 
Bath, Clinton Co., Mich., 4 June, 1880. 

VII. Samuel Alanson Morgan, b. in Pittsfield, 

Mich., 6 April, 1850 ; res. at Pittsfield. 
viii. Emily Julia Morgan, b. at Pittsfield, Mich., 
28 Dec, 1 852 ; m. a Sumner ; res. Pittsfield. 
+307. VI. Silas*, b. in Chenango Co., N. Y., 22 Oct., 1814. 

30S. VII. Betsey*, b. in Chenango Co., N. Y., 27 Sept., 1S16 ; 
m. at Sweden, N. Y., 10 May, 1843, Willett Jack- 
son, b. at Sweden, N. Y., 22 Aug., 1812. He is a 
farmer, and res. at HoUey, N. Y. She d. in Clar- 
endon, Orleans Co., N. Y., 9 Jan., 1874. Issue : 
James Adelbert Jackson, b. at Sweden, 13 May, 
1846; m. at Clarendon, 11 Nov., 1868, Alice R. 
Glidden, and has issue a son and daughter. 

309. VIII. Mary*, b. in Chenango Co., N. Y., 20 March, 1824 ; 
m. at Sweden, N. Y., Ulysses Comstock, a farmer of 
Sweden. She d. 17 Aug., 1875. Had issue Helena, 
b. 24 Sept., 1S46, m. Alson Sparlin, has seven ch., 
and res. at Brockport, N. Y. ; Florence, m. a Dol- 
phin, and res. at Ellisville, Jones Co., Miss. ; Henry, 
b. 29 Aug., i860, went West. Ulysses Comstock 
resides with his dau. Florence. 

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142. JOHN WILLIAMS' FANNING, l>. 1765, 
ijames^y KivJiitnf*, U'/itn/titr, Etfmtnut^) 

III. al CaiKuin, Conn., (probably) , 

Joanna Nichols, 
dan. of 
and b. at 

John Williams Fanning, son of James and Sarah (Gil- 
let) Fanning, was born at Canaan, Litchfield Co., C'onn., 
*S '^"o-; ^7^5* ^^^ resided there and in Shellield, Mass., 
where some of his children were born. He was a farmer. 
He d. at Canaan, Conn., 26 Sept., 1S38. 
Widow d. at Salisbury, Conn., 18 April, 1853. Boih 
bur. at Canaan. 

r3io. I. MiLo'', b. at Canaan, Conn., about 1790. 
1-311. IT. Er.\stus^ b. at Canaan, Conn., 24 Oct., 1792. 

312. III. Nanxy', b. at Sheffield, Berkshire Co., Mass., 29 Sept., 

1794; m. at Canaan, Conn., in 1824, Elias Reed, 
a farmer of Canaan, s. of John and Susannah Reed, 
and b. at Mount Carmel, Conn., in 1 793, They res. 
at Salisbury, Conn., where he d. and is bur. Had 
one dau. only, Julia Ann Reed, b. at So. Canaan, 
24 Feb., 1825 ; m. 30 Oct., 1844, Harmon Blake, 
a farmer, and res. at Salisbur}', Conn. 

313. IV. Catharinf. Jane®, b. at Canaan, Conn., i Oct., 1800 ; 

m. at Canaan, i May, 1828, Lucas Bennett, b. at 
Kinderhook, Columbia Co., N. Y., 16 Feb., 1789, 
He was a farmer and res. at Stuyvesant, Columbia 
Co., N. Y., and at Ridgeway, Orleans Co., N. Y., 
where he d. 8 May, 1858, and is bur. 

She d. at Eaton Rapids, Mich., 15 Oct., 1873. 

Issue : 
I, Sarah Maria Bennett, b. at Stuyvesant, N. Y., 
13 May, 1829. 

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II. John Jamks P.knnkit, h. at Stiiyvcsnnt, N. Y., 
I'i Orl.y i*^J^; res. al Spnngvillc, l«eii:iwcc 
Co., Mich. 

III. Joanna Emza RicNNirrr, h. at Sitiyvciuint, N. 

Y., 17 Feb., 1832; d. s Sept., 1S81. 

IV. Catiiakinp. Jane BRNNi^riT, b. at Stuyvcsant, 

N. Y., 23 Jan., 1834. 

V. William Bkviirly Bknnktt, b. at Lc Roy, 

Gcncscc Co., N. Y., 4 Dec, 1836; d. 20 
April, 1866. 
VI. Edward Eras-i-us Benneit, b* at Lc Roy, N. 

Y., 5 Sept., 1838; d. X May, 1866. 
VII. Cynthia Elizabeih BENN£rr,b.atRidgcway, 
Orleans Co., N. Y., 19 July, 1840; d. 10 
March, 1858. 
viii. Earl Stevens Bennett, b. at Ridgcway, N. 
Y., 3 May, 1843; d. 5 April, 1852. 
" IX. Charles Albert Benneit, b. at Ridgeway, 
N. Y., 3 June, 1845 ; now res. at Eaton 
Rapids, Mich. 
+314. v. Hiram*, b. at Sheffield, Mass., in May, 1804. 
+315. VI. John James', b. at Sheffield, Mass., 7 May, 18x0. 
+316. vn. Edward*, b. at Salisbury, Conn., 15 May, 18x2. 

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144. ORAMEL* FANNING, b. 176S, U^mcs\ 

Richard^^ Thomas^^ Edmund^) 

m. at ,27 April, 1791, 

Sylvia Crofoott 
dau. of Simeon and ( ) Crofoot, 

and b. at ,15 Feb., 1770. 

Simeon Crofoot was one of the first settlers of Pittsfield, 
^[a3s., and d. there, i March, 1804, a. Si years. 

Capt. Oranicl Fanning, son of James and Sarah (Gillet) 
Fanning, was born at Canaan, Conn., 13 Dec, 176S. He 
settled in Pittsfield, Mass., ami was a hatter. He was a 
prominent man of that town. He is referred to on the 
records as •* Capt." Oramel Fanning, but there is no rec- 
ord of his army service. His house is supposed to have 
stood on what is now the corner of Appleton and East 
Streets, next east of the Thomas Gold place, which is 
called the " Longfellow House." 

He d. intestate at Pittsfield, 25 Jan., 18 16. His widow 
waived administration 3 June, iSt6, and Simon Larned 
was appointed administrator. Inventory, ji 74.36. 

Widow m., 13 Oct., 1829, David Ashley of Grafton, 
Ohio, where she d, 2 March, 1S48. He was postmaster 
at Grafton, iS 25-45. 

317. I. Sarah Gillette*, b. at Pittsfield, Mass., 6 Aug., 1 792 ; 
m. James McKnight of Buffalo, N. Y. Issue, Theo- 
dore W. McKnight, and perhaps other ch. 
-r3iS. ». Chester Griswold*, b. at Pittsfield, Mass., 30 June, 
iiL Frederick®, b. at Pittsfield, Mass., 13 June, 1796. 

IV. HE>jRiErTA*, L. at Pittsfield, Mass., 19 Oct., 1798. She 
never m., res. with her sister Sarah, at Buffalo, N. Y. 

V. Charles Oramel*, Pittsfield, Mass., xS Nov.,iSoo. 
VI. .Alkert Gallatin^ b. at Pittsfield, Mass., 8 March,iSo3. 



vii. James Gatlifk*, b. 

at Pittsfield, Mass., 31 Jan., 1806. 

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151. JOHN* PANNING, b. 1746, iJohi^Johff,John\ 
m. at 

dau. of 
and b. at 

John Fanning, son of John and Abigail (Minor) Fan- 
ning, and the fourth of the name in direct descent, was 
born at Groton, Conn., 9 Nov.^ 1746. He, with his two 
brothers, Joslma and Siroeon, accompanied his parents 
to New Hampshire in April, 1 766, and lived for a time 
at Walpole, but afterwards setded at Little Egg Harbor, 
N. J. He was among the first naval officers appointed 
by the Continental Congress, and in the winter of 1775 
was 3d lieutenant under Commodore Esck Hopkins, who 
was commander of the first American naval fleet ever 
organized. He received his commission as lieutenant on 
the 22d of Dec, 1775. 

Owing to the irregularity of the American naval ser- 
vice at the time, Lieutenant Fanning, like many other 
naval officers, was frequently idle for months, and often 
obliged to seek service in a privateer. In 1776 he was 
given the command of the Connecticut sloop of war 
Mifflin, with which he captured several prizes. While 
cruising off the coast of Virginia the vessel was wrecked 
and seventeen of the crew perished. After the wreck of 
the Mifflin, Lieut. Fanning commanded a privateer with 
which he seized several of the enemy's merchant vessels. 
He afterwards served under Capt. James Nichols in the 
frigate Virginia. This vessel mounted 2S guns, and was 
one of the new frigates which Congress had ordered, be- 
ing placed in commission in Jan., 177S. While sailing 
through Chesapeake Bay at night the Virginia grounded. 
In the morning, two British warships being seen nearby, 

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C:i|>i. Ni<:hols aiitl his crow loi>k to the boats and esrnpcd 
asliore. The vessel was ilcslroyed by llic Hrilislt, and 
Lieut. Fanning was captured. Capt. Nichols aftenvards 
commanded tlie 'rruml)ull, in which Fanning served as 
first lieutenant. In Aug., 1781, when off Delaware, the 
Trumbull lost her foretopmast and maintopgallantmast. 
In this crippled condition .she was encountered by the 
British frigate Iris, and, after a severe conflict, was obliged 
to surrender, another Uritisli warship, the General Monk, 
having appeared on the scene of action. Thus, for the 
second time, was Lieut. Fanning captured and taken 
prisoner to New York.* 

.•\fter the close of the war John Fanning went to France 
for the purpose of obtaining a command in the navy. He 
was accidentally drowned while off the coast of France, 
and was buried with military honors in consequence of 
having been first lieutenant of the Trumbull. 

324. I. Daughter*, b. at 

residing at Philadelphia 

in 1804. No further record. 

* Vide Memoir of John Fanning Watson, by Benjamin Dorr, D. D., Phila- 
delphia, 1S61, p. 4S. 

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152. JOSHUA* PANNING, b. 174S, {J^hn\Johu', 

m. at Philadelphia, Penn., in the Pint Presby- 
terian Church, 36 Jan., 1773, 

Ann Read, 
dan. of 

and b*at 

i Lieut. Joshua Fanning, son of John and Abigail (Minor) 

Fanning, was bom at Groton, Conn., 6 Septi, 1748. 

In 1 766 he accompanied his father to Walpole, N. H., 
and resided there a feir yean, afterwards removing to 
Egg Harbor, N* J., where he married Ann Read, a sister 

' of Capt John Read of the U. S. Infantry, a brave officer 

who was wounded in St. Clair's defeat, and afterwards 
died at Fort Wayne, it is said, in Dec., 1 795. 

Joshua Fanning, like his brothers, Simeon and John, 
followed the sea, and became an officer in the American 
Navy. At the outbreak of the War of the Revolution he 
was an enthusiastic supporter of his country's cause. He 
was first lieutenant of the frigate Randolph when she was 

j blown up in action with the British ship Yarmouth. The 

''Randolph,'* thirty-two guns, built at Philadelphia, was 

I one of thirteen vesseb of war ordered constructed by 

I Congress in Dec, 1775. She was under command 

of Ciqpt. Nicholas Biddle, and sailed on her first cruise 

j eariy in Jan., 1777, and met with great success that year. 

{ On the 7th of March, 1778, between 9 and 10 o'clock 

in the evening, while cruising off the east coast of Bar- 

! badoes, she encountered the British ship Yarmouth, 64 

guns, and blew up while in action, the vessels being close 
together at the time. Of the crcw of 315 officers and 
men only four survived. The rest perished, including 
Commander Biddle and Lieut. Fanning. 
325. I. Polly*, b. at ; m. at , John 

Hobbs, and res. in Bucks Co., Penn. 

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157. WALTER* PANNING, b. 1747. {JlUmm^^ 

XBu at Flrtitoa, Conn., 6 Nor., 1771, • . > ''^^ 

Grace Benjaiaiiiy4 
dan* ofDaiiiel and Fhebe ( ) Benjamin,' • •v't*^ 

and b. at in 1748. , ;^.:| 

Damid Benjaaiin waa b. 17 Sq>t, 1714, and waa a.W, 
Joaeph and Eliabeth (Coke) Benjamin who woe m* at! 
IVeiton, as Ang^ 1698. There ia no record at A«atbn of^ 
Danid^s maxriafe or of die birth of hia ch^ .taaeptiujA 
Bei^amtn; b. ao March, 1756. Daniel Benjaadnli daa^ 
Eliabedi, m. to George Darrow, Jr., and Grace, m.1oJ 
Waiter Fanning^ were both named after liia :(DanidV)l 
aiatera. Danid Benfamin d. at Preaton, 30 Jn^, X75&'<^ 

Walter Fanning, ion of Thomaa and Elisabeth (Ca»? 
imm) Fanning^ waa bom at Grottm, Conn., ao Majr,- 1747^ 
He setded in fteaton, where he was admitted a fieemani 
13 April, r 77a. Hia fimn adjoined whi^ is now known ai| 
Squire Cook's fivm, beyond Glasgow, and between tfaait- 
▼ihage and Vohmtown, in the town of GriswohL He-war' 
of Vohmfeown ia i789.* .*. ; ^J 

Soon after 1790 he settled in New York State, and 16-'; 
cated on the aovdi side of Schoharie Creek, at what waar 
then Blenheim, in the Coontjr of Schoharie. It waa '&1 
that part of Blenhdm ajiich waa, fai r845, taken to temii 
part of the new town of Gflboa. , He waa of Freehold^ 
Town, Greene Co., N. Y., 83 Nor., i7^t \ '^^^i 
Walter Fannl^gNenlisted aa a private on Ae%st olL] 
for troopa, 9 Mqr, 1775, in Capt. Waterman Clift*s ^x&| 
* Company in CoL Samnd H. Fuiona' 6th Regiment^ re- ^ 
Giuited fiom New Londcm, Hartibrd and Middlcaex^ 

•VldsGffoCoiiDcadi»BoakzL,p.65. \ '/ s^^ 

t Vide New Yotk Ctaadogkal and Biognphkal Rccoid,VoLnxnL,f^1 

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Counties, Conn, and mved through the ww. Bb de- 
•cendMH atate that he was nuurter annoicr or gnnsnidL 
He d. at Blenheim, town of Braone, (now Gilboa.) 
Schoharie Co, N. Y, 19 April, iSao, a. 7.. 

Widow d, at Blenheim, N. y, a July, i«3., .. 84, aod 
both bar. theie (g. s.) 

Imu, ikimen tkiUnn, Oufirttfymr «/miMs 

3t6. t CiraAum^ h. at Ftaston, Coon, sr Aog, 177a; «. 

•* New Concotd^ Cohnnbia Co, N.Y, la April, 

i79». Andiew Oariee, a fimner, kat New Coaconl, 

N. Y, 6 Aog;, 1766. She was a achool-teacher at 

New London, Conn, before maniage. In 1830 they 
were Kriqg at Austeriits, C<rinmbia Co, N. Y. 

He d. at Canaan, Colombia Co, N. Y, a6 ApriL 
i8S>> Bar. at Lenox, BeriEshlie Co, Mass. 

Widow d. at Sogar Creek, Oarite Q>, Mb, a* 
March, iMa. Bur. at St Fkandsrille, Chrke Co, 

I. Fawnt CLtan, b. in Chatham, N.Y, a6 Jaa, 
1799 ; d. at , ,0 Jan, r«3r. Bur. 

at New Concord, Cotambia Co, N. Y. 
n. Fanmicx Eumno Cuuuci, b. at n««fc«^ 
N. Y, a6 Oct, 1793. He wasastooe masoa! 
D. at Chatham, a Jaa, z8a3. 
m. HBBua Cuuua, b. at Chadiam, N. Y, %^ 

Oct, i79«. He rei. at IVojr, N. Y, wheie he 
was killed 30 Ang, 1834. 

I*. CUBH* Cunn, h. at Chatham, N. Y, 4 
April, 1798. She was ataiIoRSi^ 
Sandiafidd. Maak, a7 Not, 1870. - 

T. Cmbuums Clabk^ b. at Chatham, N. Y, 4 
Sept, 1800. She d. at SanHf ^yM MaasT 

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▼lWbulsr Hutchdoqw Cluuo^ b. at Red 
Rock, N. Y., 96 Feb^ 1803 ; bl at Hudaon, 
N. Y. ; waa a lawyer aod rea» at New Yoik 
▼n. ELIZ4 Ann Claux, b. at Red Ro^ N. Y., 5 
^ May, 1805 ; m. at Lenox, Maaa^ and tea. 
there. She d. and waa bur. at Linay, Clarfce 
COa, Mo* 
▼m: Chloi Claxo, b. at Red Rock, N. Y., so 
March, 1807 ; m. at Lenox, MaiB^ where die 
Ihred, and dL z8 March, 1847. 
OL ADDiqoir Claxkx, b. at Red Rock, N. Y., 5 
July, 1810. He was a fiurmer, and Ihed at 
Sugar Cred^ Clarice Co., Mo^ where he d. 
97 Feb., 1874. 
X. Anbrxw Clarxx, b. at Hudson, N. Y., 15 Dec, 
1813 ; m. at Canaan, N. Y., 97 Nor., 1839, 
Sarah Ann Van Cott. He was a physidaa, 
and res. at Clackamas, Ore., where he d. 15' 
Jan., 1887. Issue: Andrew Lode, Sarah 
Ellen, Lewis, and Charies Fanning Clarke. 
XL Maua DofGiiAN Clakxx, b. at Hudson, N. Y., 
25 Dec, 1815 ; xBu at Lenox, Mass^ Come- 
Hus Butler. She d. at Lenox, 4 March, 1897. 
Issue : Andrew Clarke, Albert Cornelius, Sa- 
; rah Maria, and George Frederick Buder. 

+3a7. n. Joanna^ b. at Resloo, Conn., 13 Aug., 1774. 
+3e8. OL BmjAMni*, b. at Preston, Conn., 30 Aug^ 1776. 
+319. IT. Itencas^ b. at Preston, Conn., 6 Sept., 1778. 
330. ▼• Ftaa^, b. at Pleslon, Conn^ 3 April, 1780; m. at 
Schoharie, N. Y., 3 Oct., 1798, Nathan Slarens, a 
shoemaker, and b. at Schoharie, N. Y., as Jan., 1777. 
They res. at Schoharie until about 1814, when diey ~ 
remored to Marion, Wayne Co., N. Y., where he d. 

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Fifth Generation 285 

irMay, 1847. She d 17 Aug., 1855, a. 75 jn^ 4 
mot., 14 dt. Bodi bur. at Pdmyim, V. T. 
L Hdum Stsvims, Ik at Scboharie, N, Y., it 

. Mnch, 1803. 
n. HaiOLioir 9n?ni8p b. at Sdidiarie, N. T., 13 

Sept, 1805. 
nL Sally 9n?ni8p b. at Scholiarie^ N.Y., 14 Nor^ 

rr. WnxiAM 9n?ni8p b. at Schoharie, N. T., 7 'd>t 

T. WiLm Sn?ni8p b. at Schoharie, N/Y^ §3 

April, 1813. 
n. Bnanr SnnEm, b. at Marion, N. Y^ 18 Mqr, 

▼B. Samuel SnnEia, b. at Marion, N. Y., 19 Oct, 

▼nL Kkhaid SnnEia, b. at Marion, M.Y., 18 Nor., 


nt Fhkbb Amr Snnmn, b. at Marion, N. Y^ 98 
Deci,' 1895. 
331. yLEuzanm*, b. at Fkeston, Conn., aa April, 1781; m/ 
at , Cahrin Cnrtia. Rea. at Moimvia, N. 

Y., where he d. 7 Feb., 1861, a. 79 yn. She d. 95 
Feb., 1863, a. 8f yn., 10 moa., 3 da. llie follow^ 
big obilnafy n o tice of.hcr haa been pieienrcd * 

«Died»— Ihthetom of Moimria, N.Y., Feb. 
tfth, 1863, of consnmption, Mn. Eliiabeth Cnrtn, ' 
widoir of the hte Calvin Cortii, aged 80 yeaxa* 

"Mia. Citfus waa boni ui Pwttoni Cdnn., and 
' came to thia Coimtj with her husband about thiitj 
yean ago. She was a woman of the highest eueU 
lenceof chancter,and wise and well-infonned mind. 
She was a devoted wife and mother, and a gener- 
oas and tender-hearted Christian, helping the friend* 

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lew, and feeling for the oppretted. She had abcoed 
and exalted fiuth, and died leiendy in the bdief of 
untvenal rettoiation* Her fbnenl was attended on 
Feb. a6th." 

Inne : Ann and Daniel Cutit. 
+33t. TO. J<Miii*, b. at Preston, Conn., t Ang., 1783. 
333* yuL Saxah*, h. at Preston, Cdnn., 15 Oct, 1785 ; m. zst, 
at Schoharie, N. Y., in sommer of 1808, Richard 
Hojr, b. in Kyle-CIanliak, Kings C6., Ireknd, of 
Pkotestant parents. Hewasasiioeniaker,andcame 
to the United States when aboot s i , with a brother, 
llannadoke Hoy. 

Alter marrying at Schoharie IHOage, he removed 
to Albany, where he was in the grocery business. . 
Later he retmned to Schoharie, and res. in that 
C6. and in Delaware C6. until his death, which oc- 
cnired at Stamford, Delaware C6., N. Y., S7 July, 
1831, at age of 47. Bur. at Gilboa, N. Y. 

The widow m. ad, at Strykersville, Sdioharie Co., 
N. Y., as July, 1834, Reuben Atwater, and Uved 
at Conesville, N. Y., and afterwards hi nUnois. She 
d. at Alden, McHenry Co., IlL, ss Feb^ i86a, a. 
76 yrs., 4 mosl, 10 ds. He d. at Alden, 3 May, 
1863. Both bur. at Woodstock, McHeniy C6., HL 
Issm^ ty hir Moy wimrruigi: 
L Makt Amr Hot, b. at Albany, N. Y., 13 Aug., 
1809 ; m. in July, 1834, Abeam H. Debt- ' 
mater. She d. at BrooUyn, N. Y., is Feb., . 
1895. Imc: seven ch. 
a. Amr ELIZ4 Hot, b. at Albany, N. Y., as Aug., 
i8rt ; m. 3 Nor., 1830, John Giiflni, Jr., 
b. so Nov., i8o6. He d. so Feb., 1876. 
m. Jams Hot, b. at Albany, N. Y., i Oct., 1814; 
m. at Albany, N. Y., 18 Aag., 1833, Hiram 
AbUff Lemily. He d. at CatdoD, N. Y., sp 

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Fifth Generation 287 

June, 1883. He was a clothier, and res. at 
Gilboa, N. Y. Issue : Austin H., Susan H., 
Winslow P., Piatt P., George W., Clark, 
John B., and Sarah E. Lemily. 

Vi. Nancy Hoy, b. at Albany, N. Y., i Oct., 1814 ; 
m. at Bristol, N. Y., 15 June, 1835, Dr. 
Nelson Fanning, her first cousin. (See his 
record for full data of his family). 

V. Marmaduke Hoy, b. at Gilboa, Schoharie Co., 
N. Y., 3 March, 182 1, named after his un- 
. cle Marmaduke, who came to this country 
with Richard Hoy, m. ist, at Lockport, N, 
v., 15 June, 1843, Catharine M. Albcrty, b. 
at Scholjarie, N. Y., 21 Feb., 1821. She d. 
23 July, 1863, and he m. 2d, at Lockport, N. 
Y., 4 Oct., 1864, Esther E. Atwater, dau. of 
Titus and Jane (Hoy) Atwater, and b. 25 
Feb., 1833. 

Marmaduke Hoy was brought up to farm 
life in Schoharie Co., N. Y., and received 
such education as the district schools of 
those times afforded. At the age of 23 he 
removed to McHenry Co., 111., and later to 
Woo<lstock, where he went into mercantile 
business. Elected county clerk and served 
8 years. About 188S he went into private 
banking business with his sons as ^'M. D. 
Hoy & Son." Issue : Sarah Delia, Luman 
Thomas, George H., Fremont, Jennie, Kit- 
tie A., and John M. Hoy. 
VI. Margarei- Hoy, b. at Schoharie, N. Y., 23 
Feb., 1823; d. 16 Oct., 1S34, a. 11 yrs. 
Bur. at Gilboa, N. Y. 
vii. John Hoy, b. in Delaware Co., N. Y., 
182S ; d. there 28 July, 1S30, a. 2 yrs. 

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288 History of the Fanning Family 

+334. IX. FkKi>KiU(;K\ h. at Preston, Conn., 22 March, 17.^5^. 

335. X. Anna*, 1). al lUcnlicini, Scrholiaric Co., N. Y., ij Jan., 

1791 ; ni. at , 3 Feb., iSii, Henry 15. 

Howell, b- 15 May, 1789. They res. for a time in 
Portage Co., Ohio. About 1848 they removed to 
Bryan, Williams Co., Ohio, where they lived until 
his death, 18 Feb., 1S62, a. 72 yrs., 9 mos., 3 ds. 
Widow d. at Bryan, 15 April, 1S69, a. 7^ y^v 3 
mos., 2 ds. Both bur. at Lick Creek Cemetery, 
four miles northeast of Bryan. No issue. 

336. XI. Makv', b. at Blenheim, Schoharie Co., N. Y., 30 July, 

1793 ; in. at , 5 I'eb., 1815, Gorton 

Burlinjjame, b. at Cranston, R. I., 3 March, 1782. 
He was a fanner, and res. at Harford, ('orilaiul 
Co., N. Y., s. of Pardon and Patience (liduionds) 
Burlingame. Pardon lived at Cranston, R. I., and 
d. at the adva»iced age of nearly 97 years. He was 
a Revolutionary soldier. The old homestead there 
is now owned by Mrs. George W. Burlingame, his 
grandson's widow. Pardon was a s. of Philip and 
Sarah ( ) Burlingame, and grandson of Wil- 

liam Burlingame. 

Gorton Burlingame d. in Harford, Cortland Co., 
N. Y., in July, 1853, and is bur. there. 

Widow d. at Caroline, Tompkins Co., N. Y., 5 
April, 1882, a. 83 yrs., 8 mos., 6 ds., and is bur. at 
Harford, Cortland Co., N. Y. 

Jssiie^ born at Harford^ N. K/ 

I. SvVLLY BtntLiNGAME, b. I? Dec, 1815 ; d. in 


II. Margaret Fanning Burlingame, b. 8 March, 

1818 ; m. at , 28 Feb., 1844, 

Madison Rounsevell of Carolinc,N. Y. Slic 
d. 4 March, 1883. 

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nLHiianr WnxuM BusuiiaufB, h. 99 kpO^ 
1890; m. at , Jane RoonaevdL 

He din 1887. 

!▼• liAiT Amr BuBUMOiaii, b. 13 Feb^ i89t ; a^ 
in FelK, 1840, Joaah Hart of Harfbid, N. 
Y. She d. 14 Feb^ 1883. No iMoe. He ia 
Hving with his ad wife in Cordand, N. Y. 

▼• ICAayxm BoiLiNOAifi, b. 13 Feb^ i8aa; d. 

n. Gnaoi Gonoir BoKUNcuifi, b. 17 Iftudi, 
i8a6; m. Hairiet Boice of Harfioiid, N. Y. 

▼B. Aumzo BoBUNGAiii, b. 31 July, 1837; 
^ FanneiBbiiig» Iowa, 17 Jtme, 1866, Gone- 
lia Fkatt Fisher. They les. at McGregor, la. 
He was acddeiitallj drowned, i Dec, 1 89 r , 
tqrfeDing throogh the ice while croaringthe 
Mississippi River at McGregor. Hk bodjr 
was found three months afterward flih^ 
miles below. He waa dlj surTcyor and cot 
lector at the tfane of his death. Issae:Mar- 
jorie Fkatt and Benjamin Hqrwood 

337. xn. MAnoAUx', b. at Blenhdos, Schoharie C^N.Y., 17 
ABg.»x799; n* at KIngrton, Ont, Can., 17 Oct, 


1819, Samnd Mooers, a. of Samnd Bfooersi and b. 
at Bomd Brook, N. J., 3 Sept, 1793. Thqr rea. nt 
Xingstoi^ Qnt, Canada.. 

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Siunuel Mooen went to Canada from New Jer- 
sey at the dote of the War of 1812, and went into 
the batcbering bufaieM, which he foDowed for 
twenty years. He d. at Kingston, 21 Oct., 1863. 
She d« at Kingston, 3 Octt 1878, a. 79 yrs., i mo., 
16 da. 


L. Maby Moons, b. 18 April, 1821 ; d. 20 Aug., 

n. Cakoloii Moons, b. 31 July, 18S3 ; m. 
Thomas W. McCrea. Res. in Kingston, 
Onti, Can., wiiere she d. 10 Nov., 190s. 

m. GnosGB Moon9> b. 33 Dec, 1825 ; m. 27 
Nov., 185 1, Jemima Clark, dan. John C. and 
Rachel (Stover) Clark, b. at Eznestown, 
Ont., Can., 9 Aug., 1830. Res. at Kingston. 
Waa a farmer many years, and later a book- 
keeper. His wife d. 27 July, 1855. Issne : 
Rachel, b. 14 Dec, 1852 ; d. 27 Joly, 1875, 
and Jemima, b. 29 June, 1855 ; inftncy. 

iv.HABUEr Moons, b. 17 Feb., i8a8; d. 17 
Nov., 1828. 

V. MAKXsa Moons, b. 11 Feb., 1830; d. 25 
Novi^ 1884. 
. VL MA»aiaiT,Moons».b.4 March, 1833 ; d. i6 
Aug., 1833. 

vn. Hnanr Moons^b..ii Aug., 1834 ; m. Isabella 
C.FaterK>n;and live at Kingston. Issoe: 
Edwin and Henry Fxands Mooers. 
vm. Samuel Moons, b. 3 Jan., 1838 ; d. 17 Jan., 

IX. GsACB Moons, b. 3 Sept, 1841 ; nnm. and 
res. with her brother JSeofge at 500 Princess 
Street, Kingston, Ont., Can. 
338. xm. Child*, who d. in infimcy. 

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Fifth Generation 291 

I5t. CHARLES* PANNING, b. 1749* {TTumm^, 

j0ktf,J^ktff EdwanuP) 

m. Ttt It Preston, Conn*, 31 Match, 1774, 
b]r the Rer* Levi Hart, 

Anne Bi e wftter» 
dan. of Sunon and Anne (Andnis) ]3rewster, who were 
m. at Pretton, C<»n., 25 May, 174a. She was of the 
fifkh geneiation from Elder Brewiter of the Mayflower, 
and waab. 19 Sept, 1753* anxm Brewiter was b. 7 
April, 1783, and waa son of Benjamin and Elisabeth 
(¥ntter) Brewster. Benjamin was son of Dea. IMmiiam 
of Dubory, he the son of Love, and he the son of Elder 
William Brewster. 
Anne d* at Jewett City, Conn., 29 May, 1813, a. 59. 
He m. ad, at Hartford, Conn., 30 Aug., 1814, 
by the Rev. David StroQg of that dty, ^ 

Hepjdbfth Bull, 
dan. of Caleb and Martha (Cadwell) Boll, 
and b. at Hartford, 93 Sept., 1768. 

Capt Charles Fanning, son of Capt Thomas and EBsa* 
beth(Capron) Fanning, was bora at Groton, Conn., 16 
Dec, 1749, and early removed to North Preston, in that 
part that was later the town of Griswold. There he lo- 

cated in the viDage of Jewett City. He waa a selectman 
of Preston, and representative in the LegishMrc many 
years, servedm the War of the Revolution the fall qnota 
of time, was lieat^and paymaster in the Continental Army,- 
and friend of Lafayette, and one of the original 'mem- 
bers of the Society of the Cincinnati. He was a promi- 
nent and representative man of his time. 

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393 History of the Fanning Family 

He d. It Jewett Citjr, Conn., sa Maich, 18379 aged 87 
yean. Hia wQI ia on file at Norwich, dated 9 Aug., 1833, 
piobated at Norwich, 17 April, 1837, and mentiona aona 
Henry, John W^ Patrick, Franklin, and daughters Betaej, 
Nancj, Sophia Barstow, Maria Stewart, and dang^iter-in- 
law ICary Fanning, widow of Thomaa, who waa loet at aea. 
Invaitoiy, ^a5,a74.88. Distribution, 14 Nov., 1837* 

Widow d« 31 Match, i843» ^ 74 ; bur. at Jewett City. 

(For complete sketch of Capt. Charles Fanning see 
Bkipapfaical part of thia volnnie.) 

+339* L Hnanr*, b. hi town of Preston, Conn., in that part 
afterward aet off aa Griswold, at Feb., 1775. 

340. II.ELIZ4BKT1I*, Pteston, Conn., a Jan., 1777. She 

waa called ''Betaey,'* never m., lived at Jewett City, 
at the okl homestoui, and after her fiither's death 
res. with her brother Franklin. She waa very pioua, 
and a woman of strong character. She d. at Jewett 
City, II Oct, 1854, a. 77 ; bur. there. 

341. m. Amm^, or Nancy^ b. at Preston, Conn., 23 May, 1779. 

She never nu ; waaan invalid ; res. at Jewett City, 
where she d. ai Sept., 1835, ^ 5^ f bur. there. 
34a. IV. SoTBU*, b. at Preaton, Conn., %% June, 1781 ; m. at 
Pkeaton, i* Jan., 1809, Charles C Barstow, son of 
Joshua Barstow, and h. at Hanover, Maaa., aa Jan., 
' 1786. Rea. Eseter and Dover, N. H., where he (L 
31 Jan<^ i8a8. She d* at Kingston, N. H., a3 Dec, 

V Cathawwe Bansrow, b. at Exeter, N. H., : 
18 Sept., i8to; m. in 1830, Benjamin 
Magoun of Kingston, N. H., where they 
res., without issue. He d* 29 Oct, 1838. 
n. Mahah Bansrow, b« at Exeter, N. H., 3 
May^ i8ia ; d. 4 June, i8i4« 

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V ^i*t *'/f/t^ /4**/^f'tf*A H*r */ ti^ ffmtttf l^iAw, 

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Fifth Generation 293 

III. CuAkf.MS C. Rarstow, b. at Exeter, N. IF., 

28 April, 1S14; m, Martha M. Taylor of 
Bangor, Mc. He i1. at Boston, Mass., 23 
May, 1864. Issue: Annie 1)., Charles 
Fanning, and Dr. Henry Taylor Barstow, 
the last two now res. in Boston. 

IV. Frkderick Bars'iiow, b. at ; d. 

in Charleston, S. C, 12 Sept., 1838. 

V. Henrv H. Barsix)w, b. at ,6 

March, 181 9; d. 21 June, 1822. 

VI. AuiANNAii Sauth iJARSi-Qw, b. at Kingston, 

N. H., 20 Feb., 1821 ; m. at Pembroke, 
N. H., 13 Dec., 1S40, Hon. Aaron Whit- 
temore, a lawyer of Pembroke, b. there 4 
Nov., iSoS. He was prominent in town 
affairs ; d. 26 March, 1890. She d. 10 
July, 18S5. Issue, 11 ch. 

VII. Henry H. Barstow, b. at , 23 

Sept., 1823; m. Miss Holloway of Lon- 
don, Eng., and was U. S. Consul at Paler- 
mo, Sicily, 1852-60. He d. at Chicago, 
III., in 1875* Issue, 2 ch. 

vnr. Marcarlt Ann Barstow, b. at , 

20 March, 1825 ; m. in 1842, J. M.Tur- 
ner, and lived in I'enn. She d. at Pitts- 
burg, Penn., in Aug., 1894. Issue, 3 ch. 

343. V. Charles*, b. at Preston, Conn., 13 Dec, 1783 ; d. 19 

May, 1800, at the Island of Joanna, a little north of 
Madagascar, in the Indian Ocean, in the 1 7th year 
of his age. [Inscription in the Cemetery at Jewett 
City reads "i8th year."] 

344. VI. Maria*, b. at Preston, Conn., 26 Sept., 1 786 ; m. at 

Preston, Conn., 3 Dec, 1806, Thomas Stewart of 
that town, b. in April, 17S6, a lawyer, son of Hon. 
Alexander and brother of Judge Alexander Stewart. 
He d. at Criswold, Conn., 9 Aug., 1834, a. 48 yrs., 

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294 History of the Fanning Family 

4 mos. Tlic widow survived him, and lived at Jewelt 
City many years. She d» at Bradford, Penn., lo 
April, iSiS3, at the atlvanced age pf 96 yrs., 7 mos. 
Issue^ nine children : 
I. Joanna Fanning Stewart, b. at North Pres- 
ton, now Griswold, Conn., 20 May, 1S07 ; 
m. at OriswoM, Conn., 2 Aug., 182S, John 
Tyler Mott, and res. at Detroit, Mich., where 
she d. 31 March, 1883. He d. in Oct., 1884. 
They had issue: Maria Fanning; John 
Tyler, d. in infancy ; Julia White, d. in in- 
fancy ; Charles Stewart ; Thomas H. 13. ; 
Lucy B. ; John Tyler ; George Morgan, 
and Samuel Mott, die latter dying in infancy. 
II. Emma CouuFrr Stewart, b. at North iVcsion, 
Conn., I J Oct., 1809 ; m.Jewctt (lily, Conn., 
18 March, 1832, Stephen Avery Douglas, a 
farmer, b. at Voluntown, Conn., 29 Oct., 
1803. They res. at Busd, Chautauqua Co., 
N. Y., where he d. 15 May, 1790. Bur. at 
Ashville, N. Y. Widow was living in 1899 
at Buffalo, N. Y. Eight children : Emma, 
Stephen Wilkinson, (Miarles Thomas, Anna 
Stewart, James Henry, Silas Judson, Latham 
Alexander, and Lucy Elizabeth Douglas, 
in. Charles Fanning Stewart, b. at North I*res- 
ton. Conn., lo Feb., 1S14. Went as a tra- 
der in 1837 to the Choctaw Nation of In- 
dians, one of the five civilized tribes of the 
Indian Territory, and m. a fourth blood 
Choctaw Indian girl, Tryphena Wall, 9 May, 
1842, at Pine Ridge Mission Station. He 
lived then at Mayhew, where four ch. were 
b. : Charles, Maria Fanning, Lavinia, and 
Henry Stewart. 

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Fifth Generation 295 

Tryphcna d. at Doaksvillc, I.T., 27 June, 
1849, and he m. 2d, 28 Nov., 1849, ^^>^ 
Juliette Slate, a missionary from Manches- 
ter, Conn., and had issue : Arthur Francis, \ 
Eliza Berthlette, Walter Lowric, Alice, and : 
Alice Eulalic Stewart. He d. 2 1 July, 1855. 
IV. Anna Marta Stewakt, b. at North Preston, 
Conn., 14 Nov., 1811 ; m. at Jamestown, N. 
Y., 26 Nov., 1839, Dr. Asaph Rhodes, a phy- 
sician, b. at Bridgewater, Oneida Co., N. Y. 
They res. at Jamestown, N. Y., where he d. 1 2 
April, \%^i. She d. there in July, 1866. j 
Had issue Thomas A., b. 4 Feb., 1842, a j 
printer in Washington, D. C, was in Civil 
War thr*e years, and Franklin Fanning ' 
Rhodes, b. 16 Jan., 1846, and d. at Balti- 
more, Md,, 26 Dec, 1870. 

V. Thomas Congdon STE^VART, b. at North Pres- 

ton, Conn., ; m. ist, at Nfatagorda, 

Tex. ; 2d, at Toledo, O. ; and 3d, at Pas- j 
saic, N. J., where he res. and d. 18 May, ! 
1897. He was educated a lawyer, but only [ 
practiced when a young man in Texas. 

VI. Hkpsiijah Bull Stkwart, b. at Griswold, 

Conn., 7 Sept., 18x8; m. at Franklin in 
1846, Henry Clark Shearman. They res. at 
Busti, Chautauqua Co.,N.Y., and had issue, 
4 ch., all b. at Busti : Reuben Clark Shear- 
man, Henry Clark Shearman, Alice M., m. 
a Sheldon, and Mary S., m. a Wilcox. 

They res. at Denison, Tex. 
vn. James Monroe Stewart, b. at Griswold, Conn., 
xo Jan., 1822 ; m. at Nonvich, Conn., Sarah 
Elizabeth Hoyt, of that town. Issue, 5 ch. 

He was a clerk in the War Department 
14 years, and now res. in Baltimore, Md. 

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VIM. IIknky Kanninc Stkwakt, I). :il Crisuoi<l, 
Conn., 19 Aug., 1824; in. nt Hruoklyii, 
Conn., 6 Nov., 1867, Adclla Storrs. They 
res. in Philadelpliia, and have issue, Fred- 
erick Fanning, Grace Dell, Guy Kingsley, 
and Ethel May Stewart. 
IX. Arianna Barstow Stewart, b, at Griswold, 
Conn., 3 March, 1827; m. Junius Edward 
Kingsley, b. at Norwich, Conn., 4 Oct., 
1825. He d. at Philadelphia, 21 June, 1890, 
and is bur. at Norwich. She d. at riiila- 
delphia, 28 Nov., 1885, and is bur. at Nor- 
wich. He was a well-known hotel proprie- 
tor in Philadelphia for many years. Ilatl 
issue, 4 ch. : Edward Fanning, Annie, Wil- 
liam Thomas, and Fanny May Kingsley. 
+345. VII. Patrick", b. at Preston, Conn., 23 Aug., 178S. 

346. viii. Frankun", b. at Preston, Conn., 19 Aug., 1790. He 

never m. Lived with his sister Betsey at the old 
homestead at Jewett City. After her death he went 
to live with Jack, his younger brother, at whose 
house he died. Was a very exemplary man, tall, 
and of fine figure and appearance. 

He d. at Jewett City, Conn., 15 Oct., 1884, a. 
94 yrs* [His headstone reads "aged 93," and the 
Jewett City Town Records has it "died 1 1 Oct., 
1884, aged 92," both of which arc erroneous.] 

347. IX. Frederick*, b. at Preston, Conn., 17 Nov., 1792. He 

d. at New Orleans, in July, 181 7, of yellow fever, 

aged 24 years, unm. 
+348. X. Thomas', b. at Preston, Conn., 4 Nov., 1795. 
-1-349. XI. John Watson*, b. at Preston, Conn., 8 April, 1798. 

[Recorded at Preston "John",] 

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Fifth Generation 297 

160. THOMAS* FANNING, h. 1755, {Thomas\John\ 

m. at Groton, Conn., 3 March, 1 785, 

Susannah Faulkner, 
dau. of John and Susannah (Willson) Faulkner, 
and b. at Groton, Conn., between 29 June, 1758, and 
29 June, 1759. 

Susannah Willson was dau. of John and Mary (Cun- 
ningham) Willson, who were m. at Groton, 3 Sept., 1730, 
and who had 3 ch., viz.: Susannah, b. 21 May, 1732; 
John Capen, b. 16 Dec, 1733; and Benjamin^ b. 20 
March, 1736.* 

Thomas Fanning, s. of Capt. Thomas and Elizabeth 
(Capron) Fanning, was born at Groton, Conn., 22 May, 
1755. He learned the trade of a ship-carpenter, andfol- 
lowed it at New London, Mystic, Stonington, and New 
York City. He lived in the town of Groton many years, 
most of the time no doubt at the Fanning homestead, at 
what is now Shewville. Previous to iSoo he removed to 
New York City, but returned to Groton soon afterward. 
In 1815 he purchased a farm at Norwich, where he re- 
sided until his death. He served in the war of '76, was 
wounded, and became a U. S. pensioner under the Act 
of zSiS, for six years actual service in the Revolutionary 

He d. at Norwich, Conn., 15 April, 1828, in his 73d 

Age 32 (1787) 

• From the WiUson-Fanning Bible printed in 1712, now in the possession 
of the Author. 


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Widow d. at Norwich, 4 ^rarch, 1841, a. 82 years. Roth 
interred in the old Norwich City Cemetery. 

Age 70 (1829) 

(See Biographical part of this vohime for complete 
sketch of Thomas I'anniiig). 
Issue : 
+350. I. Henry Wii^onS l>. at Ciroton, Conn., 8 Feb., 1786. 
4-351. II. John Faulkner*, b. at Groton, Conn., 25 June, 1788, 
352. III. Fanny Maria', b. at Groton, Conn., 12 April, 1790; 
m. at Norwich, Conn., by the Rev. John Sterry, 26 
Jan., T823, Sidney Gardner, a farmer of Moniviilc, 
Conn., b. at Bozrah, 17 April, 1795, and s. of Lem- 
uel Gardner who cam;; from Salem, Conn. After liis 
marriage Sidney Gardner removed from Montville to 
the Fanning Homestead at Nonvich, which had 
been deeded in 1S20 by Thomas Fanning to his 
dau. Fanny. 

Sidney Gardner d. at Norwich, 14 Sept., 1840, a. 

Age 35 (»S30) 
45 years, and was bur. on the Gardner farm at Mont- 
ville. In later years his remains were removed to 
the Yantic Cemetery, Norwich Falls. 

Widow d. at Norwich, 9 April, 1876, a. ZG^ and is 
bur. at Nor\vich Falls. 

Sidney Gardner had a sister, Lovinda Gardner, b. 
1 790, who m. Levi Whaley, and had dau., Mary Ann 
Whaley, wlio m. Henry Williams Fanning of Jewett 
City, Conn, and later of Newton Upper Falls, Mass. 

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Issuif ail bam at Norwich^ Connj 
K SiDNsr Alfred Gardner, b. 19 March, 1824 ; 

* d. unm. 22 June, 1847, ^ ^3 V^ 3 °>08. 

n. Sarah IiCaria Gardner, b. jMay, 1826 ; m. at 
Norwich, 23 May, 1849, Daniel Price of that 
place. He was several years an engineer on 
the steamboat '^ Worcester/* running from 
Norwich to New York. He had the gold 
ferer and went to CaUfbmia, where he d. 6 
Aug., 1853. He was killed by a large rock 
fidling on him. Bur. at Norwich Falls, Conn. 
Widow m. 2d, at Norwich, x Jan., 1867, 
Alexander Meech, and res. in Brooklyn, N. 
Y., but soon returned to Norwich to Uve, and 
d. there 6 Feb., 1871, a. 44. No issue. He d. 

• at Burlington, Vt., 21 March, 1895, a. 71 y* 
Bur. at YanticCemetery, Norwich Falls, Conn. 

in. Frederick Lester Gardner, b. 5 March, 1832 ; 
m. at Norwich, x6 Dec, 1883, Mrs. Joanna 
Witter Loomis Randall, dau. of Amos and 
Doily Sharp (Fuller) Loomis, and widow of 
Lyman Wolcott Randall, who d. 16 March, 

He is a fanner and res. at East Great Plain, 
Norwich, Conn. His fimn, called Spring Dale 
Farm, is one of the finest in the State. 

nr. Henry Gardner, b. 3 Aug., 1837 ; 
m. at New London, 23 June, 1863, EUen 
Maria Chappell, dau. of Nathan and Louisa 
(Church) Chappell, and b. at Montville, 
Conn., 25 Feb., 1844. 

Charles Gardner was a fimner, and res. at 
the old Fanning Homestead that was his 
grandfather's, at East Great Plain, Norwich. 
(See photogravure.) 

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He d. It Norwich, 30 Jidy, 1896, and it 
bar. in the fiunfly lot at Norwidi Falh. 
353. nr. PouMDA or IjCakt*, Groton^CoaiL, 25 Feb^ 1793 ; 
m. at Norwich Town, ComL, 18 Oct, 18S9, Henry 
Edwardi, a fiumer of Norwidi Town. 
He d. at New Haren, Conn^ about 1850. 
She d. at Norwich^ 2s Oct, 1859, a. 66, and is bar.' 
at Yantic Cemetery. 

Issme^ all ham mi N0fwkk Tnm f 
L S08AN Masu Edwaum^ b. ; m. at 

Norwich^ Coon., ao Oct, 1861, John Bryant, 
a ship-carpenter, b. at Horton, Nova Scotia, 
24 Jane^ 1823. He is now a seanum and 
fives at Fishers Ishmd, N. Y. 

She d. in May, 1890, and is bar. in Yantic 
Cemetery, Norwidi Falla. No issue, 
n. TkoMAS Fammdio Edwaus^ b. >^ ; 

m. ICary Sholes. She d. at Norwich in Jnly, 
1870. Issoe: Frederick and Lila EdwardikM 
m. AtruD Enwaua^ b. ; m. twice. 

He was a painter, and res. at Preston, Comt, 
where he d. aboot 1900. 
nr. CwAtiJS Enwaua^ b. . He never 

m., was a hotd clerk, and fived and d. at Nor- 
354« ▼• TteiuA*, b. at Groton, Cornt, 24 Jan., 1796; d. at 
• New York Otj, 22 Sept, 1800^ in the 5th year oC 
his age, oC yellow fiever. 
335. n. AuiSD^, b. at New York City, 27 Jnly, 1800. He never . 
nk Was a blacksmith. Lived widi his parents at 
the Notwich h omeste ad, where he d. aboot 1840.*; 
Bar. in Norwich City Cemetery. 

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i6a. PREDBRICP PANNINQ, b. lydo, {Th^ma^. 
Joktf^Joktf^ EdmmmP) 

m. at Ptesloii» Conn., 17 May, 1787^ 

Mrs. Joanna Kinaman Braman, 
daa. of Jeremiah and Sarah (Thomaa) Kinsman, 
and widow of Braman, 

and b. at Lisbon, Conn^ 19 Nov., 1756. 

Capt Jeremiah Kinsman was b. in Ipswich, ISmw^ t$ 
Yt\^ 1720, was a &nner and res. at Lisbon, Comu, where 
he d. 94 Jnn^ i8ii.^ 

Capt. Frederick Farming; foorth son of Capt Thomas 
and Elisabeth (Cqpron) Farming of Groton, Conn., was 
bom in that town, rr Feb., r76o. 

On the srst of lAarch, r 777, a few months previoas to 
his r7th birthday, he enlisted as a private in Captain 
Bacon's company of Colonel Dmdcee's 4th Regiment of 
the Connecticnt Line, formation of r777-8r, and served 
through the War of the Revolution. He was in Captain 
Nathanid Webb's company, same regiment, in r779, and 
afterwards in the company of Captain Warner in Colonel 
Dorfcee's 1st Regiment COnnecticnt Line, formation of 
1 781-3. (Frederick's brother Charles was paymaster of 
that regiment.) On the ist of Feb., 1780^ he was ap- 
pointed sergeant, and on the 1st of Jan., 1781, qmuter- 
master sergeant. He may have been made a commi»> 
sioned officer towards the dose of the War, as he is desig- 
nated ^Captain FMderidL Fanning" m the Pkeston and 
Gioton Deeds, and was always known and qx)ken of as 
"^Captain.** It is said that he was wounded while bi ser^ 

•TiM KiiMuui Gcsealogy Mtyi* ''JouBa had a bratbOT, John 
who was ia tV battk of Long Idand, in CoL Hnntiiigtoii*! rcgiiBeBt» wm 
taken priMmer* and with two compaiiioiy Charka Faaniiig and Anthony 
Btadfordt waa rekasad froni a priaon ahip on parole, and allowed to awm 
togathar m a room in Now York Qty." 

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When peace was pioclaimed and the anaj diabanded 
he aettled at Jewett City, where he waa in boaineaB for 
iereral yean. He and his brother Oiarles were the first 
merchanta of that place. He became a freeman of nret- 
ton on the lath of Sept, 1786. On die 17th of May, 
1787, he married Joanna Braman of Lisbon. He was a 
representative finpm Fteston in 1805* 

Frederick Fanning made a fortnne in buying np Con- 
tinental paper money, which had depreciated in Talne, 
but was afterwards redeemed by the Govcnment. 

His fiuher's property at Groton (now ShewviDe, in the 
town of Ledyard) wliich had come into his hands by pnr^ 
chaae from the other heirs about 1790, was sohi by him 
to his brodier-in-law, Elisha Ayer. 

Fkederick Fanning's dwelling house and store stood on 
die southeast side of the Main street of Jewett City, the 
hoose a little fiurther back than the store. In later years 
they went into the possession of his nephew, John Wat- 
too Fanning (No. 349)- Both buildings are still stand- 
ii^ Btde altered, and in a good state of prcaervation, but 
have been moved to a new location back from the street. 

His partner in bosinem with him at Jewett QSscf at the 
time of his decease waa Asa Parke, and they traded nnder 
the name of FhMkrick Faoniog & Co. 

He d. at Jewett City, 16 Aug., 1808. [Reooids of Sec- 
ond Chnrdi of Preston say d* 15 Ang.] IBs widow d. 7. 
July, r8r9, a. 63 yrs. Both are bar. in the &mily plot at 
Jewett CiQr* - No issoe. 

His estate, both real and personal, was i nv ento ried 6 
Feb., 1808, at f 89,953.8r, and recorded at Norwich. It 
waa distributed to his widow, brothers and aisteis, r8 
March, r8x3. Her estate inventoried at Lisbon, r4 July, 
i8r9, f ix,3ix.59, and #as distributed x6 July, 1819, and 
8 Feb., r8ao, to her brothers, Jeremiah, Thomas, and t))e 
heirs of John Kinsman. 

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X63. BLKANAH* PANNING, b. X769, (Tkoma^, 

Johff,Jok$f, Edmund^) 
in. at 

Mrs. Esther Witter DcmglM, 

dau. of Ebesezer and Elizabeth (Brown) Witter, and 
widow of Hezekiah Douglas, (whom she m. x April, 1 771,) 
and b. at Preston, Conn^ is May, 1753. 

Elkanah Fanning, fifth son of Capt. Thomas and Ellsar 
beth (Capron) Fanning, was bom at Groton, ComL, 17 
Oct., 1768. 

He was the y on nges t of the five sons of Capt. Thomas 
Fanning who were in the Revolutionary Army. A sixth 
son, Elisha, was an invalid, and too young to serve at 
that time. 

Elkanah Fanning was a £umer, and resided at Groton 
and at Preston all his life. His dwelling at Preston, 
Conn., was on the Stonington road from Norwich to Mill« 
town, and at a point where the Preston City road inter- 
secu it, on the south or southwest side of the highway. 

He married the Widow Esther Doug^, who was bom 
Esther Witter, daughter of Ebenezer Witter. She re- 
ceived distribution of personal esute of her brother, Ja- 
cob Witter, 13 Feb., 1799. 

When the Revolutionary War broke out Elkanah Fan- 
ning sided with the American Colonies. His name ap- 
pears in the roll of CoL Samuel Canfield's regiment of 
militia at West Pbint, 15 Sept., 1781, as a private, and 
was ''of Groton, Conn.,** at that time. His length of 
service does not appear. 

He d. at Preston, Conn., 3 Dec, x8i8. 

An inventory of his estate was taken by Elisha Crary 
and Amos Witter, freeholders under oath, ix Jan., 18x9, 
the record of wliich is on file in the Probate GiBoe at 
Norwich, Book xm., p. 14. An addition to die inventory 

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was taken 16 July, 1819. His estate was distributed \tj 
the Probate Court, 15 Sept, 1819, to his widow, Esther, 
and son, Asa; his other ion Ebeneser, having recei v ed 
his share of the estate dming his lifetime, as is made evi- 
dent fibm the following record : 

''We find that Ebeneser Fannmg son & heir of Elka- 
nah Fanning det* did m die life time of his said Father 
ezecnte a certain writing in which he acknowledged the 
receipt of his fiiU diare in his s' Fathers estate & likewise 
discharges his said Father & estate ftom any farther claim 
fit>m him or his Estate as heir at Law therefore we have 
omitted him in the Distribution of s* Estate. 

"Freston Sept 15, 18x9" 

Widow d. at Pkeston, so Dec, 1829, a. 77 yrs. The 
records of the First Chorch at Fteston read : ''Died at 
Jonah Witter's, so Dec^ 1830.** 

Bodi bar. at fteston Plains Cemetery, earlier known 
by the name of Avery Fdnd Burying Ground* 

+356. L EnMiriR Ptr*, b. at Pkeston, Conn. 

+357* n* Ab4 WimK% b. at Pkeston, ComL, in April, 1793. 

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JAMES* FANNING, b. 1772, (Geors^^, Wiiliam\ 
£t/miind\ Edmund^^ Edmund^) 

m. at Preston, Conn», 17 Feb., 1799, 

Elizabeth Williams, 
dau. of Isaac and Annah (Rrown) Williams, 
and b. at Croton, Conn., 24 June, 1776. 

James Fanning was born at Groton, Conn., 5 July, 
1772. He learned the trade of a carpenter, and followed 
that occupation. He early removed to Preston, Conn., 
where he was made freeman 17 Sept., 1804, and where 
all his children were lx)m. After the birth of his young- 
est son he returned to Groton, and resided in that part 
which was in 1836 set off to form the new town of I^d- 
yard. His farm descended to his son William at his death, 
and is now known as the Lyman Latham place. 

He d. at Ledyard, Conn., 9 July, 1839. 

Widow d. there i Oct., 1857, in her.82d year. Both 
arc interred in the Fanning private Burying Ground at 
Ledyard, on the farm owned in 1903 by George Fanning, 
a grandson. 

The following records of the births of five children are 
taken from the Family Bible : 

I. George^ b. at Preston, Conn., 4 April, 1800. He never 

m. He lived at Ledyard, where he d. 14 July, 1S59. 

II. James^ b at Preston, Conn., 18 Sept., i8oi. 

III. Phebe Williams^ b. at Preston, Conn., 13 Feb., 1806 ; 

m. John Forsythe, a farmer of Groton. She d. 27 Nov., 
1877, a. 71 y. He d. 17 Jan., 1892. Both bur. at 
Gales Ferry, in town of Ledyard. No issue. 

IV. WiixiAiM^, b. at Preston, Conn., 14 Dec, 1808. 

V. I.SAAC^ b. at Preston, Conn., 25 Oct., 18 12. 

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171. RUFUS* FANNING, b. 1775, {Ashet\ Jonaihan\ 
Jonathan*^ EdmnntP^ Edmund^) 

m. I St at Groton, Conn., 8 Oct., 1800, 

Hannah Barnes, 
dau. of Jesse and ( ) Bariies,* 

and b. at Groton, Conn., 

She d. at Groton between 1829 and 1836, and is bur. 
in the old Burying Ground at Lantern Hill, near Capt, 
Rufus Fanning's house. 

He m. 2(1, at liath, Summit Co., Ohio, 4 Sept,, 1836, 

Mary Brown, 
dau. of Samuel and Lucinda (Coy) Brown, 
and b. at Seneca, N. Y., , 1804. 

Capt. Rufus Fanning was born at Groton, Conn., in 
April, 1 775 ; was a sea captain, and followed the sea from 
the time he was fifteen years old until late in life. 

£:^^^ 5^' 


Age 50 (1825) 

He lived at Groton, in that part which is now Ledyard, 
in the northeast section of the town, near the Stonington 
line. His house is standing at the present lime, and is 
on the west side of the highway at the base of Lantern 
Hill. It is now owned and occupied by Ira Main. It is 
said that Rufus Fanning was in the War of i8t2. He was 
residing in Groton as late as 1829, but about 1834 he went 
west, and married a second time. 

He died at Bath, Summit County, Ohio, 20 Dec, 1S45, 
aged seventy years, and is buried at Bath. 

His widow died at Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas, 
22 Aug., 1872, and is buried there. 

See sketch of his life in Biographical part. 

• Proved by Groton Deeds, Book xvn., p. 240. 

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Issue ty wife Hannah Barnes : 
+363. L Edwin^ b. at Groton, Conn., , x8ox. 

364. n. EiOLY^ b. at Grotoo, Conn^ 6 July, xSoj ; m. at 
, in Sept» 1836, Waterman James of MiU- 
town. Conn. He was b. in Rhode Island, 9 Dec, 
x8oo. They removed to DeRuyter, Madison Co^ N. 
Y. She d. at Scott, Cortland Co^ N. Y^ s x May, 1885. 
I. EiOLY EuzABSTH Jamis, b. in town ofTnixton, 
now Cuyler, Cortland Co., N. Y., 20 Aug., 
X837 ; m. xst, at DeKuyter, N. Y., 20 Sept, 
1859, Ely Lee. Lived at Cu^er. She m. 2d, 
2T May, X873, Joseph H. Lyon, widower of 
her deceased sister Sarah, and lived at Oe- 
Ruyter. Issue a ch. 
n. John Nathanibl Jamb, b. in town of Truxton, 

N. Y., in June, 1840. Died in 1842. 
iiL Hakriet Rbbboca Jamb, b. in town of Thixton, 
N. Y., 27 May, 1843 ; m, rst, at DeRuyter, 19 
Feb., X862, Irving Burdick, and lived at Cuy- 
ler, N. Y. Harriet m. 2d, at Cordand, N. Y., 
. xa Feb., X887, Warren Kyes, and resides at 
Homer, N. Y. Issue, 2 ch. by xst husband. 
vt. SARAgJTHSRESA Jamb, b. in town of Truxton, 
KI Y., 7 Aug., X845 ; m. at DeRuyter, N. Y., 4 
Sept, 1867, lo&sfh H. Lyon, and went to Col- 
orado, where she d. in June, X870. No issue. 
He afterwards m. his dec'd wife's sister Emily. 
+365* m. Ruvus Lked6^ b. at Groton, Conn., 22 Dec, 1S06. 

366. IV. AsusrT, b. at Groton, Conn., • He was 

lost at sea early in life. 

367. V. ELIZA^ b. at Groton, Conn., ; d. young 

(after x6 Feb., 1829) and is bur. in the old Main 
Burial Ground, at Lantern Hill, near Capt. Rufus 
Fanning's house. 

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368. VL HAuaKTT Nbwixx% b. at Groton, Conn., • 

in. at Norwich, Conn., in June, 1841, Nathaaid C 

BowenofNonrich, 1819. She made her home 

with her brother, RnAis Leeds, and was a member 

of the Central Baptist Church, Norwich. 


L HsRBiirr BowsM, b. 1844 ; d. 15 Dec^ 1860. 

n. AsTHUE Bowmr, b. 29 Ckrt^ 1852 ; d. 29 Jidjr, 

Harnett d. in May, 1863, and Nathanid Bowen 
m. ad, at Coventry, Conn^ 27 Feb,, r867, Riidi 
Hunt, dan. of Dr. Eleaxer and Sibyl (Pomeroy) 
Hnnt. They res. at Coventry, Comu 
Isswt by wife Mary Bromn: 

369. vn. Mamy Eliza% b. at Bath, Summit Co., Ohio, ; 

nk at Bath, i s Nov., 1856, Frederick William Apits, 
a harness and saddlery dealer, b. in Dolits, Ger- 
many, so Dec, 1838. They les. at Lawrence, Kan., 
iriiere he d. 5 July, 1890. 
L Envoi FAMMnio Aprra b. at Canton, Fulton 
Co., HL, 17 Dec, 1857 ; m. 9 Bfay, 1885, 
Ida Belle Middleton. 
n. Charlb Emmr Amx, b. at Canton, HI, 5 
Feb., 1860. 
+370. vm. GnnoB TaijOOTt', b. at Bath, Ohio, ss Nov., 1839. 
371. DC JOLU AbkuoJ, b* at Badi, Ohio» 17 Jan., 1845 ; m. 
at Bine Mound, Kan., 8 Dec, 18C4, Charies How^ 
ard Dickson, b* at Groton, Mass., 10 Aug., 1839. 
Heisadumer; res. at Quenemo, Osage Co., Kan. 
L Elsb Rebboca Dickson, b. at Wakarusa, Kan., 

rs Feb., 1867. 
n. FtaDEUC Abthdr Dickson, b. at Quenemo, 
Kan., 8 July, 1871. 

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173- JONATHAN* FANNING, b. alnnit 17S0, {/Ishei*, 
Jonathan^^ Jomiihan^^ luimufut^^ Jidmitiui^) 
in. at Cananclaigiia, N. Y., in 18 ro, 

Catharine Laughler, 
dau. of 
and b. at Baltimore, Md., about 1790. 

Jonathan Fanning was bora at • , Mass., about 

1 7S0 ; was a carpenter, and res. at Hopewell, Ontario Co., 

N. Y. (near Canandaigua). 
He d. at Hopewell, 22 Aug., 1856. She d. 11 May, 1870. 
Issue : 

372. I. Sabra^ b. at Hopewell, N. Y., 26 July, 181 1 ; m. in 

New York State in 1833, Dexter Green. She d. in 
Adrian, Mich., in April, 1890. Issue, eight ch. 

373. II. Margaret Janj:', b. at Hopewell, N. Y., 1 1 June, 1813 ; 

m. at ZanesviUe, O., 11 July, 1S33, Nathaniel Albert 
Humston, b. in Fauquier Co., Va., 26 Nov., iSii, 
s. of Thomas and Lucy Humston. He was a tailor 
and a Baptist preacher, and res, in Port Royal, Ky., 
where he d. 25 Jan., 1890. Widow d. at Pleasure- 
ville, Ky., 7 Feb., 1896. Issue, ten ch. : Mary Jane, 
Lucy Ann, Thomas Morehead, William Armsted, 
Jolm Henry, James Albert, Edward Asher, Sarah 
Boone, Amos OeWitt and Ambrose Booten. 

+374. III. John', b. at Hopewell, N. Y. 

+375. XV. Asher Eciiurt\ b. at Hopewell, N. Y., 4 Oct., iSi8, 

+376. V, EzRA^ b. at Hopewell, N. Y., 4 July, 1821. 

+377. VI. Kinney Nathaniel', b. at Naples, N. Y., 1 1 June, 1823. 

378. vii. Catharine', b. at Hopewell, N. Y., . She 

d. there in 1S41, unm. 

379. vrii. Mary', b. at Hopewell, N. Y., 15 Jan., 1827 \ ^* 3 

Dec, 1847, William Moore. Issue four ch., all de- 
ceased. She was living at Coldwater, Mich., in 1901. 

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x86. ELISHA^ FANNING, b. 17S0, {Ensha\ 

Ddind^y Jonathan^, Edmund^ Eihnufid^) 

m. ist, at Springfield, Mass., 11 March, i8or, 

Betsey Grace, 
dau. of Joseph and Mary (Snrgeant) Grace, 
and b. at Springfield, Mass., 15 Dec, 1779. 

Betsey d. at Springfield township (Leona), Bradford 
Co., Penn., 25 June, 1S14, and is bur. there. 
He m. 2d at , in 18 14 or '15, 

Naomi Barber, 
dau, of 

and b. at (from Vermont). 

Naomi d. at 

He m. 3d, at , 8 April, 1824, 

Mrs. Esther Beach McKean, 
dau. of Timothy and Abigail (Bennet) Beach, 
and wid. of James McKean, 
and b. at Elizabethtown, N. J., 6 April, 1781. 

She d. at Leona, Penn., 3 Oct., 1857, and is bur. there. 
Elisha Fanning d. at Leona, Penn., 2 Nov., 1859, and 
is bur. there. 

Elisha Fanning, eldest son of Elisha and Mary (But- 
ton) Fanning, was born at Groton, Conn., 4 Sept., 1 7S0. 
He was a fanner. He removed when a child with his 
parents to West Springfield, Mass., in that part that is 
now Agawam, where he res. until 1812. In that year he 
removed from Springfield, Mass., to Springfield, Bradford 
Co., Penn., where he located, and res. until his death. 
Issue by wife Betsey : 
380. !. Amanda^ b. at Springfield, Mass., 23 Dec, iSoi ; ni. 
at Springfield, Penn., in Feb., 1826, Stephen A. Mills 
of that town, b. at Neversink, N. Y., 30 May, 1804. 
He was a farmer and lumber-dealer, and res. at 
North 'J owanda, J5radford Co., Penn. 

She d. at North Towanda, Penn., 22 Aug., 1879. 

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He d. at North Towanda, Penn., ai Dec, 1888. 
. Issue f bom ai North Towanda^ Ann: 

L IwIarvin Edwakd Mills, b. t8 Dec, 1896. He 
was an attomey-at-lair, and res. in California. 
Held office of Dbtrict Attorney in that State, 
and d. at Auburn, Cal., 24 Oct, 1869. 

n. GiORGB Bingham Mills, b. 13 April, iSap ; m. 
19 Jane, 1856, Rnth J. Harkness. Occupation, 
fielrmer; res.,Towanda,Pa. Issue: Florence 
A., Leslie D., WiUis G. and Fred A. MiHs. 
m. Hankah BmoKAM Mills, b. 29 Nov., 1830 ; m. 
in May, 1850, Willis G. White, and have issue, 
Ida G. White, m. to O* S. Hall. Hannah Mills 
White d. at Marion, Iowa, 19 Sept., 1870. 

IV. Harubt Buza Mills, b. ay March, 1834 ; m. 27 

Oct, 1856, Ephraim M. Hoffman of German- 
town, O., a frutt-gxower and res. at Richmond, 
Ind. Issue: A. Norman, Cecil Clyde, L. 
Bertha, Avery Paul, and two who d. in infancy. 

V. Irenus Lswb Mills, b. 30 April, 1836 ; d. 9 

Aug., 1837. 

VI. CHARLorrs Amanda Mills, b. 18 Nov., 1839 ; 

m. 13 Feb., x86i, lliomas Marshal Bonfoey, 

has issue, Herbert R. and George D. 

38x. n. ELIZA^ b. at Springfield, Mass., 17 March, 1803 ; m. 

at Springfield, Penn«, 13 May, 1830, Ephraim Sar- 

geant, b. at Washington, Mass., x8 April, 1809. He 

was a fiinner, and removed fiK>m Penn. in 1864 to 

Johnson Co., Iowa, and then to Marion, Linn Co., 

Iowa, where he res. until hb death 15 Nov., 1897. 

She d. at Marion, 5 March, 1885, ^^ ^ bur. there. 

Issue f all bom ai Sprin^eU^ Pcnn.: 

I. Ephraim Dlimtiius Saugeant, b. 10 Dec, 

1S34 ; m. a8 May, 1856, Harriet Maria Rus- 

sel. He is a farmer, and res. at Marion, Iowa. 

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m. 4 Sq>t, 1867, Mny Elisabeth Taylor. He 
is a mechanic, aod res. at Marion, Iowa, 
m. Emily Vicxoua Sargbamt, b. 22 Aug., 1845 $ 
m. Joseph Loriqg Flint. Res. at Marion, bu 
382. m. HIltAlf^ b. at Springfield, Mass., 27 May, 1805. He 
never m. ; was a fimner, and res. at Leona, Penn., 
where he d. 28 Aug., 1833, and is bur. there. 
+383. nr. WoLiAM JAMB^ b. at Springfield, Mass., 7 March, 1807. 
384. ▼. CHAnLonm% b. at ^ringfield, Mass., 16 Feb., 1809 ; 
m. at 9pringfield, Penn., 2 May, 1832, John Ward, 
b. II April, 1807. He d. 3 May, 1881. She d. 29 
May, 1884. Both bar. at Wetonah, Penn. 
I. Maua Adblu Wakd, b. 17 Feb., 1833 ; d. at 

Springfield, Penn., 21 Aug., 1853. 
n. Lsimu MxLmiu Wakd, b. 2 June, 1835. 
m. PHtLANDBK Lawudicb Wakd, b. 29 Dec, 1836 ; 
m. at ^ringfield, Penn., 21 Oct., 1869, Oc- 
tavia Oarisn Bonfoey, and have issue : Jay 
Lawrence, Alice Grsce and Edna Henrietta 
Ward. Res. at Towanda, Penn. 
+385. VL David Gxacb\ b. at Springfidd, Mass., 15 Feb., 181 1. 
386. vn. EDwrn*, b. at Leona, Biadford Co., Penn., 2 April, 
1813; d. 12 Feb., 1814. ; 

+387. vm. EDwrn*, b. at Springfidd, Penn., 16 May, 1815; 47';' 
388. IX. Amos BuTTQM%b. at Springfield, Penn., 10 April, 181 7; 
d. 22 July, 1825, 
-1-389. . X. EusBA^ b. at Le6na, Penn., 24 Oct., 1820. 

. Issue iy Mf^€ Esther: 
-1-390. XL Amos Bunoir^ b. at Leona, Penn., 18 Jan., 1825. 
+391. xn. LuTUXR J(nints\ b. at Leona, Penn., i Sept, 1827. 

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189. JOHN* FANNING, h. 1784, {FJisha\ navU\ 

Jifiitt/Iittti^, /uiMifiti/*, JUmnmi^) 
m. at ,N. Y., 

Cynthia Ann Hewett, , 
dan. of John and ( ) Hewctt, I 

and b. at 
She d. at 

He m. 2d, at Baltimore, Md., 

Ann Harrison, 
dan. of 
and b. at 

She d. at Washington, D, C, 
He m. 3d, at Washington, D. C, 

dau. of 
and b. at 
She d. at 

He m. 4th, at Washington, D. C, 


d«iii. of 
and b. .it 
She d. at 

John Fanning, son of Elisha and Mary (Button) Fan- 
ning, was born 25 Sept., 1 784. He resided for a time in 
New York State, where he married his first wife. About 
1828 he removed to Baltimore, Md., and then to Wash- 
ington, D. C, where it is said he died in 1835 ^^ '3^- ^^ 
manufactured a blacking, called " Fanning's Blacking." 
Issue by wife Cynthia : 
+392. I. JOHN'^ b. at Troy, N. Y., 

Issue by wife Ann : 
+393. II. William Harrison', Baltimore, Md., 27 July, 1S23. 

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191. AMOS^ FANNING, b. 1788, 
Jonathaif^ Edmund'^ Edmund^) 
m. I sty at 

dau. of 
and b. at 
She d. at 

He in. 2d, at 

dan. of 
and I), at 





{Elisha*, David\ 
Sarah Hazen, 



Amos Fanning was born at , 16 March, 

17SS, was a lawyer, and resided at Albany, N. Y., where 

he died, 21 April, 1854. Widow d. while on a visit at 

Hrooklyn, N. Y., 3 March, 1864. 

^ssi/e: . 

DuN'THUS O ', b. at West Sprin^^ficld, Mass., tq 

Nov., 181 2. 
Edwin S ', b. at ,16 Feb., 1815. 

Sarah Frances", b. at Albany, N. Y., 1 1 Sept., iSi 7 ; 
m. at Albany, N. Y., 11 Oct., 1836, Elbert Rush- 
more, a merchant. Res. Hempstead, N. Y., where 
she d. 10 Dec, 1878. He d. at Hempstead, 16 
April, 1891. Issue: Alonzo Hazen, Adclia Jane, 
Elizabeth Dorland, ro. Henry Clay Bennett ; James 
Dorland, m. Kate Johnson Skidmore ; Emma Mar- 
tin, m. Percy Butler Bromfield, Hempstead, N. Y. ; 
George Crosby, m. Alice Irene Duffy, Brooklyn ; and 
PVederick Hazen Rushmorc. 
Sidney^ b. at Albany, N. Y., 10 May, 1820. 
Mary A ^, b. at Albany, N. Y., 17 Jan., 1822. 
VI. Frf.deric Hazen', b. at Albany, N. Y., 17 Dec, 1824. 
vn. Elisha S ^ b. at Albany, N. Y., 26 March, 1&27. 
VIII. Makv a ', b. at Albany, N. Y., j i March, 1829 ; 


Fanny Hazen, ; 

m. at 

Henry Crosby. 

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X97. HIRAM* FANNING, b. 1799, {Elishif, David\ 
Jonathatf^ Edmund^, Edmund^) 

m. zst, at Albany, N. Y., 9 Jan., 1826, 

Maria Angelica Van Schaick, 

dau. of (perhaps Egbert and Maria Van Schaick), 
and b. at Albany, N. Y., 5 May, 1806. 
Shed, at , 25 Oct., 183 1. 

He m. 2d, at Albany, N. Y., 28 May, 1832, 

Mary Ann Mayell, 
dau. of 
and b. at Albany, N. Y. 

Hiram Fanning was bom at West Springfield, Mass., 
9 Jan., 1799 ; was a furniture dealer, and resided at Al- 
bany many years. In eariy manhood he removed with 
his parents to Albany, N. Y., and for a time served the 
church as chorister; was converted at 24, connecting 
himself with the Methodist-Episcopal Church, and then 
filled acceptably every office in the church accessible to 
a layman, for upwards of forty years. A few years before 
his death he went to live with a daughter in Bergen, N. 
J., and became a member of the Duane Street M. E. 
Church of New York, of which his sister and her family 
were members. 

He was killed by the cars, at Bergen, N. J., 23 Oct., 
z868, in his 70th year. Bur. in Rural Cemetery, Albany. 
She d. at Philadelphia, Penn., at her daughter's house, 
where she had lived many years, 4 April, 1886, and is 
bur. in Albany, N. Y., in Rural Cemetery. 
Issue by wife Maria : 
402. I. Maria Angei.ica\ b. at Albany, N. Y., 14 June, 1827 ; 
m. at Albany, 22 Sept., 1847, Ralph Pratt Waterbury, 
b. in Nassau, N. Y., 18 Sept., 1823. He res. at Al- 
bany, N. Y. and Akron, O. He d. 20 March, 1885. 
Widow res. at Oak Park, Chicago, III. 

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403. ". 

404. III. 

405- IV. 

406. V. 

407. VI. 

-408. \ai. 

410. IX. 

lisur : 
I. Charles F Wateruury, b. at Albany, N. 

Y., 15 July, 1S4S; m. II Oct., 187 1, Martha 

S. Johnson. 
II. WuxiAM H Watkrbury, b. at Albany, N. 

Y., 17 Jan., 1S51; ni. 16 Oct., 18S3, Nellie 

S. Wetmore. 

III. Emma Wateruury, b. at Albany, N. Y., 7 Jan., 

'^53; "^' 3 J"ly, 1S78, Edward T. Malone. 

IV. Julia .Mvers Wateruury, b. at Akron, O., 25 

Dec, 1857 ; ni. 19 Oct., 1882, John Johnston. 
She d. 29 March, 1S92. 

V. Ralph Pk.vrr Wai eri;ury, b. at Akron, O., i 

Nov., 1859; d. I Sept., 1875. 
VI. GRACt Wateruury, b. at Akron, O., I May,iS66 ; 
m. 29 July, 1S9'), W. I. Van Keuren. 
Almira", b. at Albany, N. Y., 23 July, 1829 ; m. at Al- 
bany, , Benjamin Clark. He res. at 79- 
81 Monticello Avenue, Jersey City Heights, N. J. 
Almira d. at Bergen, N. J., in 1898. 

Anna DoROTHv^ b. at Albany, N. Y., 15 or 16 May, 

1831 ; d. 19 Sept., 1831. 

Issue by wife Mary Ann : 
Mary Elizabeth^ b. at Albany, N. Y., 9 Aug., 1833 ; 

d. in Sept., 1835. 
Frances Mary', b. at Albany, N. Y., 24 Sept., 1834 ; 
Clara', b. at Albany, N. Y., 27 Dec, 1835 ; d. 22 

April, 1838. 
Charles Hiram', b. at Albany, N. Y., 22 Aug., 1837. 
, Elizabeth Faulkner', b. at Albany, N. Y., 5 Dec, 

1839. ^^s. in Philadelphia, unm., at 2108 Arch St, 
William Mayell', b. at Albany, N. Y., 5 or 6 May, 

1843; d. s Nov., 1854. 

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199. JAMES* FANNING, b. 1775, (Jamf^\James\ 

Jamcs^^ Thomas^ ^ Juimumi^) 

in. at Southampton, L. L, 30 Jan., 1800, 

Mary Howellt 
dau. of Matthew and Phebc (Rogers) Howell, 
and b. at Southampton, L. L, 8 July, 1774. 

James Fanning was born at Aquebogue, Sufibllc Co., 
L. L, 17 Aug., 1775. He was a fanner and surveyor, and 
kept a public house. He removed 3 Nov., 18 14, to 
Moriches, L. I., and was appointed postmaster, 19 June, 
1815, which position he held until 15 March, 1827, being 
succeeded by his son, James Matthew Fanning. He served 
in the War of 1S12, for he is referred to in Thompson's 
History of Long Island as "Ensign "James Fanning, who 
took part in an engagement at Riverhcad, 31 May, 1814.* 
His wife d. at Moriches, L.I., 15 Oct., 1844. He d. at 
Moriches, 4 April, 1848, in his 73d year. Bur. in old 
Family Burying Ground, Moriches. 

His will is recorded at Riverhead, dated 8 Jan., 1848, 
proved 29 May, 1848, and mentions dau. Phebe, wife of 
Peter Linington ; son James Matthew Fanning ; dau. 
Salome Fanning, and dau. Polly, wife of John Hallock. 
He appointed his son, James Matthew Fanning, and son- 
in-law, Peter Linington, his executors. 
Issue ^ six children, aU bom in town of Riverhead: 
41 z. I. Phebe Rogers^ b. at Aquebogue, L. L, 8 Dec, 1800 ; 
m. at Moriches, L. I., 20 Nov., 1833, Peter Lining- 
ton. Issue : John Fanning, Mary, Matilda Wykoff 
and Frances Mary Linington. Phebe d. at Center 
Moriches, L. L, 12 Aug., 1866. 
+412. II. James MATTHEw^b. at Aquebogue, L.I., 27 Dec, 1802. 

♦ Vide History of Long Island, etc., by Benjamin F. Thompson, ist edi- 
tion, N. Y., 1839, p. 259. 

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413. 1x1. MARY^ b. at Aquebogue, L. I., 5 July, 1805 ; d. 27 Sept., 

414. IV. Polly or Mary', b. <it Aquebogue, L. I., 28 Dec, 1S07 ; 
m. at Moriches, L. I., 4 March, 1826, John Hallock, 
b. at Moriches, 2 April, 1803. He was a carpenter 
and merchant, and res. at Moriches, L. I. Was in 
Quartermaster's Department during Civil War. She 
d. at Moriches, 24 Oct., 1S74 ; he d. 7 April, iS8f . 
Issue, eleven ch., all b. at Moriches, except Adelaide : 
L David Hallock, b. 20 Jan., 1827 ; a merchant 

for many years at Bridgehampton, L. I. 
II. Adklaide Haliox^k, b. at Brookhaven, L. I., 2 
Aug., 182S; d. 15 Aug., 1885. 

III. Elmvra Hallock, b. 2S Dec, 1830; d. 15 

Nov., 1835. 

IV. James F^^N-n-ing Hallock, b. 24 March, 1833 ; 

at one time State Controller of Nevada ; d. 13 
Sept., 1903. 

V. Catherine Hallock, b. 4 March, 1S36 ; m. 

.\rlington Smith, and res. at Islip, L. I. 
VL Sarah A. Hallock, b. 12 May, 1838; d. 2 

June, 1884. 
VII. Charles Hallock, b. 3 Nov., 1840; res. at 

Bridgehampton, L. I.; d. 18 Jul}', 1903. 
vin. Edmund Hallock, b. 14 Nov., 1842 ; merchant 

and postmaster at Moriches, L. I. 
IX. John HALL0CK,b.3 April, 1845 ; d.6Jan., 1847. 
X. Mary H. Hallock, b. 8 May, 1847. 
XI. NicoLL Tuthill Hallock, b. 26 July, 1849 ; 

merchant at Bridgehampton ; d. 15 May, 1890. 

415. v. Salome', b. at Aquebogue, L. I., 23 Dec, 1809. She 

never m. D. 21 July, 1885. 

416. VI. Catharine^ b. at Aquebogue, L. I., 2 Sept., 181 2 ; d. 

29 Sept., 18 13. 

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Sixth Generation 319 

MO. NATHANIEL' FANNING, b. 17771 {Jamts^ 

family Jame^^ Thoma^t Edmund^) 
m* at Aqaebogue. Riverhead Town, SaflToIk Co., L. I., 

Abigail Terry, 
. dau. of Maj. John Cleaves and Kezia (Tuthill) Terry, 
and b. at Aquebogue, L. I., 25 Feb., 1786. 

Nathaniel Fanning, son of James and Mary (Reeve) 
Fanning, was bom at Aquebogue, L. L, 15 Aug., 1777. 
Was a farmer and local preacher of the Gospel, and re- 
sided at Flanders, L. I. He was often called to fill pul- 
pits in the absence of regular pastors. He held revival 
services and religious meetings in chapels, schoolhouses, 
and private dwellings in the surrounding country, and 
earned the soubriquet of ** Priest Nat" He was a man 
of great strength of character, and did much good in 
his day. Early in life he united with the Congregadonal 
Church at Aquebogue, but later he joined the Methodist- 
Episcopal Church at Flanders. 

He inherited by will from his father in 181 2, lands in 
Southampton, and setded at Flanders in that town, where 
he built his house about 1825*, and he accumulated quite 
a property. 

His wife d. at Flanders, 13 Feb., z850,a.64yrs.(gA) 

He d. at Flanders, 3 March, x866, a. 88 yis., 6 mos., 
23 ds. (g.s.) 

Both bur. m Flanders Cemetery. 

His will is on record at Riverhead, dated 2 Sept, 1 865, 
proved 19 June, 1866, and mentions his sons Nathaniel, 
Edward K., Harvey L., Franklin T., daus. Abigail Fan- 
ning and Sarepta Squires, gr.-sons George T. Fanning, 
Edward Olin, Harvey Pierson and Geotge Terry. 

^Vidc L.L Wills Book Q p. 255. 

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417. I. Jamb Casoliiix\ b. at Flanders, L. L* ^3 Jal]r» XS03 ; 
m. at Flanden in 1823, Cbarici Sandfiwd, a fiumcr' 
of Flanders, b. 30 Sept., 1804. 

She d. there 15 Fd>., 1833^ He d. 3 Jan., x877« 

L LoDOWiCK Haubt SAMDfoaD, b. IX Koagn x8s6. 
n. Ifanr Jamb Samdfokd, b. ay June, 1828 ; nu . 

Capt; James Kent 
m. Chaxlis EDGAnSAMDfOBD^ b. 7 Feb., 1831 ; m. 
Roxana Gordon. 
4x8. IL AniQAnJ, b. at Flanders, L. I., 8 Aprfl, 1805 ; m. at 
Flanders, L. I., 5 AprO, 1827, Jacob* Fanning^ (No. 
2x8). See data under dMt number. 
+4x9. m. NatkamuoJ, b. at Flanders, L. I., 7 March, 1807. 
420. IV. Euzabbth', b. at Flanders, L. I., 13 Feb., 1809 ; m. 
at Flanders, L. I., , Thomas Seaman, and 

res. at Good Ground, L. L Issue, one dan., Elisa- 
beth, who d. young. 

She d. 29 March, 1831 (g. s. reads **aged 21 ^), 
and is bur. in Flanders Cemetery. 
42X. y. SABBPrA^ b. at Flanders, L. I., 22 Jan., i8xx ; m. at 
Squiretown, L. I., 17 Nor., 1834, Lewis Squires, a 
ftnner, s. of Ellis Sqmres, b. 17 Feb., 1804. They 
res. Ponquogue, L. L He d; 15 June, 1876. She d. 
at Water Mill, L. L, 8 Jan., 1903. Both bur. Good 
Ground, L> L 
Issue^jfeur ckiUren^ M horn ai PfUfu^gue^ L. I^ 

L Masy Jamb Sqoibbs, b. 30 Nor., 1836 ; d. 19 

Sept., 1856. 
n. Framcbs Matoda Sqoibbs, b. 26 July, 1838 ; 
m. 9 March, 1859, Samuel B. Squires of Water 
Mill, L. I. 
m. Edwabd Lewis Sqoibbs, b. 29 May, 1844 ; 
served in Civfl War ; lives at Ponquogue, LJ. 

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4-422. VI. 

423. VII, 

424. Vlll, 



+426. X. 
+427- XI. 

42S. XII. 

IV. WlI.MAM HOkACK Sl^CIIKKS, 1). 5 NuV., 1.^47; 

ni. I May, 1SC9, Ailclino Sanfurd, duu. of 

WiHtani Sanford, and b. 21 Nov., 1843. He 

is a wheelwright and res. at Southampton, L. L 

Gamaliel', b. at Flanders, L. I., 21 Jan., 1S13. 

Naxcv Anm', b. at Flanders, L. I., 11 Sept., 1814; 

d. 12 April, 1823. Bur. in Flanders Cemetery. 
Samuel Terry", b. at Flanders, L. I., 11 June, 1818. 
He was never m. Was a school-teacher and local 
preacher. He held an official position in the Metho- 
dist Episcopal Church, and was very proficient in 
his religious meetings. He d. 23 March, 1845, and 
is bur. at Flanders Cemetery (g. s. reads : *' in his 
26th year"). 
Edward King Conklin^ b. at Flanders, L. I., 30 

June, 1820. 
Harvey Lester', b. at Flanders, L. I., 13 June, 1822. 
Franklin Terry', b. at Flanders, L. I., 14 Feb., 1S25. 
Emily Ann', b. at Flanders, L. I., 14 Dec, 1826 ; m. 
at Flanders, L. I., in Feb., 1849, Columbus Frank- 
lin Terry [s. of Richard, s. of Daniel Terry], a far* 
mer, and b. at Aquebogue, L. I., 3 July, 1820. They 
res. at Baiting Hollow, L. I. Shed. 12 Dec, 1858* 
Was a member of M. E. Church, which she joined 
at the age of nine years. 

Issue : 
I. Edward Franklin Terry, b. at Baiting Hol- 
low, L. I., 29 April, 1853 ; m. at Riverhead, 
L. L, 21 July, i88x, Ida E. Vail, dau. of 
Capt. Charles E. Vail. 


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1203. MANASSAH« FANNING, b. 1786, {James^, 

James^yjames^^ Thomas^ ^ Edmund^) 

m. I St, at Flanders, L. I., , 

Hannah Goodale, 
dau. of Josiah and Hannah (Convin) Goodale, 
and b. at Flanders, L. I., in Jan., 1791. 

She d. in Riverhead Town, 1 2 April, 1850, a. 59 yrs., 3 
mos., and is bur. in Aqucbogue Cemetery. 

He m. 2d, at Riverhead, L. L, , 

Mrs. Phcbe (Goodale) Smith, 
dau. of Josiah and Hannah (Corwin) Goodale, 
and b. at Flanders, L. I., , a sister of his 

first wife, and widow of Capt. Samuel Smith. She had 
one dau., Hannah, b. after Capt. Smith's decease, who 
m. Dr. Richard H. Benjamin, and had issue Hannah 
Amelia and Manassah V'anping Benjamin. 

Manassah Fanning, son of James and Mary (Reeve) 
Fanning, was l)orn at Aquebogue, !.. L, 10 Jan., 1 7S6. He 
was a farmer by occupation, and resided in Riverhead 
Town, L. I., and owned large tracts of land in Southamp- 
ton, L. I., which he inherited from his father at his death 
in i8i3. 

He d. in Riverhead Town, Suffolk Co., L. I., 17 Nov., 
1858, a. 72 yrs., 10 mos., and is bur. in Aquebogue Ceme- 

His will is recorded at Riverhead, dated 9 Jan., 1855, 
proved 4 Jan., 1859, and mentions Hannah Fanning Ben- 
jamin, wife of Richard Hampton Benjamin, Hannah Ame- 
lia Benjamin and Manassah Fanning Benjamin, her chil- 
dren. He appointed his wife, Phebe Fanning, and Richard 
H. Benjamin his executors. No issue. 

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Sixth Gmuratian 333 

906. ISRAEL* FANNING, b. 1794, {Jame^.Jawu^, 
Jame^t Thowuu^^ Edmuiut^) 

m. at Jamesport, L. I., 4 Feb^ 18x4, 

Clarissa SkidmorCt 
dau. of Hesekiah and Mary (Sells) Skidmore, 
and b* at Wading Rivera L. L, 15 Jnne, 1796. 

Israel Fanning, son of James and Mary (Reeve) Fan- 
ning, was born at Aquebogue, L. L, is April, 1794. He 
was a fiurmer, and resided in FranklinviUe, RJverfaead 
Town, Saffolk Co., L. L, on lands inherited by will from 
his father, James Fanning^ in 181 s. He received one 
half his father's lands in Aquebogue. His farm was loca- 
ted near the present boundary line between the towns of 
Riverhead and Southold. He removed from Aquebogue 
to FranklinviUe, now Laurel, in 1826 or '37. Israel and 
his brother. Dr. Joshua Fanning, (see account under head 
of No. 207, Joshua Fanning) inherited the homestead 
farm, with store on the place, in addition to large tracts 
of woodland in town of Southampton. 

His farm extended from Long Island Sound on the 
north to Great Peconic Bay on the south, some three or 
four miles in length. The western part of the farm, a strip 
of land about 80 rods in width, Israel willed at his death 
to his son Simeon ; estimated 580 acres. The eastern 
part of the fium Israel willed to his son Edward, who was 
occupying it at that time. 

Israel d. at FkanUinviDe, now Lanrd, L. I., xi Oct., 
1874, a. 80 yrs., 6 mos^ and is bur. at LaureL 

Clarissa d. at FranklinviUe, now Laurel, L. I., 6 March, 
1890, a. 93 yrs., 9 mos., and is bur. at Laurel. 

His win is recorded at Riverhead, dated 3 Oct., 1874, 
proved ax May, 1877, and mentions wife Clarissa, sons 

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Smeon B* tnd Edward, and dan. Maiy Fiances. He ap«> 
pointed ai hit execoton his wife, Oariisa Fanning, j; 
Halsey Young and William llllckhanL \ 

-I- 4*9. L Jamb^ b. at Aqoebogue, L. I., s8 Oct., 1815. 
430. n. EovAKD^ b. at Aqnebogoe, L. I., 18 May, 181 7 ; d. 
.s8 Sept., 1818, a. I jr., 4 mot., 10 ds. Bur. in Aqne*- 
bogue Cemetery. 
-I-431. m. Edwakd^ b. at Aqnebogne, L. L, 15 Feb., iSao. 
43a. nr. FkAMCB liAxf^ b. at Aqnebogne, L. I., i June, i8ax ; 
m. at Jamesport, L. I., 95 liCay, 184a, Dr. Claik 
Wright, b. at Ashfbrd, Windham Co., Conn., 9 Aug., 

He was a physician, and res. at FranklinviDe, L. L, 
where he d. 10 April, *x888. 

Widow sum ves and res. with her son, C. C. Wright, 
' at Greenport, L. I. 

I. CHAai,wat Clamc Wxigbt, b. xx June, 1843 1 >&• 
xst, x6 June, X869, Saxah A. Griffing; m. ad, 
X7 Feb., x89a, Lena L. GrifSug. Res. at 
Greenport, L. I. 
433* ▼. FtAinaair Ftlf>n1ar^ b. at Aquebogue, L. I., 7 Feb., 
1813 ; d. 7 Jan., X836. 
+434* .TL SnciONBDfjAXfDi', b. at FrankBuTille, L. L, 31 Dec,, 

• »•«*• • • • • t' 

433. "vn. Hum MAmN^ b. at FkanUinvQIe, L. I., a8 Feb., 
i83s;d. 19 Oct, x83a.. . . 

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207. JOSHUA* FANNING, b. 1797, U'iniei^Jamrs\ 

ni. at Aqueboguc, L. I., 7 Oct., 1820, 

Elma Tuthill, 
dan. of David and Mary (Howell) Tuthill, 
and b. at Aquebogue, L, I., 28 Oct., 1802. 

Dr. Joshua Fanning, son of James and Mary (Reeve) 
J'anning, was born at A(|uebogue, Riverheaii Town, L. I., 
9 Marcli, 1797. He was a physician and fanner. After 
leaving his academic studies and attending a noted school 
on Long Island, Joshua placed himself under two of the 
most eminent physicians of New York City, and received 
his diploma as a Doctor of Medicine at the New York 
Medical College in 1818. Entering at once upon his 
profession he became successful as a practitioner and 

In April, 1S37, Dr. Fanning removed to Grcenport, L. 
I., and resided there u^any years. He then lived two 
years in Riverhead, where he and Judge Miller of that 
town founded a Female Seminary. 

In 1854 he went to Ohio for two years. He then re- 
moved to Bethel, Me., and in 1862 to Lewiston, where 
he resided and practiced his profession until his death. 

Dr. Fanning was in 1829 a member of the Aquebogue 
Church, Aquebogue, L. I., and one of fifty-seven members 
who withdrew, 29 June that year, to organize what was 
called "The Fanning Church," about a mile west of the 
Aquebogue Church, but which claimed to be the tnie 
church in Aquebogue, and called itself by the old name : 
"The First Street Congregational Church of Upper Aque- 
bogue." In 1834 this church gave off a colony which 
organized the Congregational Church in Riverhead of 
about forty members. Dr. Fanning was one of them, ami 
was elected Deacon of the Church at that time. 

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326 History of the Fanning Family 

He inherited from his father in 181 2 one hair of all his 
lands in Aquebogiie,and probably received the home place. 
It is now the property of the widow of Thomas Melvin. 
He d. at Lewiston, Me., 6 Dec, 1866, a. 69 yrs., 4 mos. 
Widow d. at Aqucbogue, L. I., 8 Aug., 1870, a. 67 yrs., 
10 mos. Both are bur. at Bethel, Me. 
Issue : 
+436. 1. Joseph Addison^ Sag Harbor, L. I., 22 Aug., 1822. 

437. 11. Glorianna', b. at Aquebogue, L. I., 25 Nov., 1825 ; 

ra. at Aquebogue, 25 Oct., 1S70, Caleb Halsey Ben- 
jamin, b. at Northville, L. I., 15 March, 1821, her 
second cousin, a widower with 3 ch. He was s. of 
David Benjamin, whose mother was Elizabeth Fan- 
ning. He was a farmer, and res. at Centrcville, L. 
I., and d. 2 June, 1900. Wid. res. at Portland, Me. 
No issue. 

438. III. PvOSalixe', b. at Aquebogue, L. I., 29 Sept., 1828 ; d. 

20 Jan., 1837. 

439. XV. ISABELL*\ Gr.\ham', b. at Aquebogue, L. I., 14 Feb., 

1S35 ; m. at Bethel, Me., 8 Dec, 1858, Albert Little 
Burbank, s. of Jedcdiah Burbank, and b, at Bethel, 
Oxford Co., Me., 18 Oct., 1831. He is a merchant, 
of firm of Burbank, Douglass & Co., Portland, Me. 
She d. 14 Nov.y 1902. 

Issue : 
I, Mortimer Fanning Burbank, b. at Bethel, Me., i 
28 Dec, 1862 ; d. 15 Aug., 1S63. j 

XL Frances Burbank, b. at Portland, Me., i 1 
March, 1872 ; d. 4 Feb., 1898. ! 

XII. Fanning Josmua Burbank, b. at Portland, Mc, 
24 Nov., 1878; m. II Nov., X903, Harriet 
S. Chase. 

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209. JOHN* FANNING, b. 1784, ijok^jamt^, 

Jame^^ Tk^Mios*, Edmund^) 

m. ist at Southampton, L. L, 17 Jan., 1808, 

Hannah Sasrre, 
dan. of Stq>beii and Eliiabeth ( ) Sayre, 

and b. at Southampton, L. I., 22 Oct^ 1786. 
She d. at Flanders, L. L, 9 liiarch, 1823 ; bur. there. 
He m. 2d, at Baidng Hollow, L. I., 13 Jan., 1824, 

Polly Benjamin, 
dan. of Nathan and Joanna (Sweesey) Benjamin, 
and b. at Baidng Hollow, L. I^ 28 Sept, 1787. 

John Fanning was bom at Flanders, Southampton 
Town, L. I., 18 Aug., 1784, and resided there and fol- 
lowed fanning. 


'^^f^^n^fty^ ^^//kyr 

Age 27 (iSii) 

He d. at Flanders, 26 March, 1862. 

Widow d. at Flanders, 13 Jan., 1864. Both bur. at 

His will is recorded at Riverhead, dated 8 Sept, 1858, 
proved 23 Feb., 1863, and mentions wife Polly Fanning, 
his father, John Fanning; sons John and Moses, dans. 
Joanna Benjamin, Jemima Squires, Sally HaUock, Han- 
nah Smith, Elizabeth Robinson, Deborah Brown, and son- 
in-law, Daniel Hallock. In his will John speaks of land 
he owned joindy with Peter Fanning, bounded by lands 
of Nathaniel Fanning. He appointed as hii executors his 
sons John Fanning and Moses Fanning and son-in-law 
Daniel Hallock. 

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Ismetyw^e Hammmk: 
440. L HAmujii', h. at FbadeiSy L.L, xSDcc, s8o8;' 
FlaiideiBt9Feb., iSjjtObed Smith of Good Groimdy 
b. at S quii e t owa, L. I^ %i Feb^ x8o6. Ret. Good 
Gfooiid, where he d. S7 Aag^ 1856. Widow d. at 
Cahpertoo, L. I., 17 Jan., XS75. Bur. Baiting Hollow^ 
X. BABUBas Allsn SMRHt b. at Fhnden, L. L, 

x8 April, XS34. 
IL Makt EutABKTH Smth, b. at Good Ground, 

L.L, 2S Oct., 1S39 ; d. 184s. 
BL GnoMS Egbeit Smith, b. at Good Ground, 

L. L, 26 Jan., 1842 ; d. Aug., 1896. 
rr. Chaklb Hsmnr Smitxi, b. at Good Ground, 
L. I., 26 Maich, 1845. 
+441. n. Joioc\ b. at Fhnders, L. L, 28 Feb., x8ti. 
44«. m. Mart*, b. at Flanders, L. I., 3 Aug., 18x3 ; m. at* 
Riveifaead, L. I., Phineas Cooper. She d. in Illinois 
in 1843. Issue four ch., three of whom were bur. in 
Riveriiead where their parents had made their home 
sevcnl years. He d. at Good Ground, L. L 
443* rr. Buzokth', b. at Flanders, L. I., 3 Aug., 1813 ; nu 
at West Hampton, L. L, in qiring of 1854, Samuel 
Robinson, b. 25 Feb., x8ox. She was hfa second 
wiib. Thej res. in town of Southampton, L. I., where 
she d. IS Aprilt 1880. He d. at Good Ground, 
L. Ly a4 Jan., 1884. Both bur. at Red Creelu 
444. V. 9rarm n \ b. at Flanders, L.L, 2 July, 18x3 ; d. 1820. 
445« ¥L Dnonai^, F1anden,L.L,3ilia]r, x8x7; nuat 
Flanders^ tt Dec, X839, SUney Brown, a fiumer, b. 
at Cutchogue, L. I., 23 Nov., x8i 7. Res. Southamp- 
toii,whexe hed. X7 Feb., 1890. She d. sSliay, x86o« 
L Jomr Haimnr Bbowm, b. at Good Ground, L. L, 
9 March, X84X ; m. atQuogue, L.I., 29 Noir., 
X876, Famqr J. Gordon* Res. Southampton. 

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Sixth GeneroHim 329 

n. Chawim L. Bmown, b. at Sooduunpton, L. L, 
IS March, 1843. Was in Civfl War, Co. H, 
iSTthRegtfN.Y. State Vols. KiDediBbas- 
tie at Honej HOI, S. C, 9 Dec, \9A^ 
XEL GvMtoi W. BaowN, b. at Sootfaamptoii, L. L, 
so Sept, 184& He started for CalUbnia ia 
1878 and was not hesrd from afterward* 
+446. m MdSBs', b» at Flanders, L. L, 5 Not<^ 1819. 

447. vnLDainBJ,b. at Flaiiden,L.L, March, t8s3; d. i8s4. 

June ty wffe JPflfy : 

448. OL JOAxau?, h. at Flanden, L. L, S7 May, xSss ; m. at 

Flanden^ s8 Nor., 1843, J^ies Benfaorin, h» 

at Pbnders, 8 Noir., 1810, s. of WilBam FUUp 

and Hannah (Fannfaig) Beii|aniin (No. sis). 

Ses. at Flanden, where he d. 11 Sept, 1887. 

Jssme, torm ^UFbrndirt^L.!^ 

I. Mast Eaou BnjAicm, h. 17 Aqg.^ 

1845 ; m. James Edwards of Middle 

Soad. Ses. at Aqoebogoe, L. L. 

n.JaAiiiu Enr^BBTH BurjAimr, h. S3 

March, 1847 ; nnm. 

m. EuAMOR Jamb Bin jAimr, h. 5 Jane, 

1848 ; m. at Fbuiden, S9 Dec, 1869, 

EHhn Hubbard of Sonthamploii, L. L 

rr. Hammah BrnjAimr, b. 15 Noir., 1850; 

d. 19 Not., 1850. 
¥. Jamii WnjQir BniAiinr, b. 10 April, 
. 1853; m. s Jan., 1878, GsAaiine 
Rosdb Newton., Ses. Cshpenon^i. L 
n. Son Ouna BnijAifnr, b. 6 Sept, 
1855 ; m. at Flanders, S7 Dec, 1881, ' 
George Henry Wells of Nordivine,Ll. 
vn. Matilda BENjAMm, b. ai Jnne, 1857 ; 
[TWo ch. d. in infiincy.] 


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449* X* Sally^, b. at Flanders, L. I., ^ Feb., xSsy ; m. at 
Flanders, 31 Dec, 1844, Daniel Case Hallock. Res. 
East Hampton, L. I. He d. 10 Aug., 1886. 
Issue ^ all bam at Flanders^ Z. /••* 
L Horace MoNaos Hallock, b. 8 Dec., 1846 ; 
ra. at Riverhead, lU !•? 16 J<u^*» 1866, Annis 
Brown, dau. of David and Martha (Webb) 
Brown of Flanders. Res. Flanders, 
u. John Daiobl Hallock, b. xo Aug., 1852 ; m. 
at Middle Road, xo Sept., X874, Georgianna 
Eva Benjamin, dau. of Daniel and Aaubah 
(Moseley) Benjamin, b. X5 Feb., 1856. 
ni. Ernest Lindslsy Hallock, b. x6 Nov., 1857 ; 
m. at Riverhead, 30 May, 1875, ^^^ IkoXy^ 
inson of Middle Road, dau. of Davis and Polly 
(Sweezey) Robinson. Res. Riverhead. 
IV. Ai>A Marixtta Hallock, b. ao Aug., 1862 ; m. 
3 Nov., 1886, William B. Lester. Res. East 
450. XL JaushjJ, b. at Flanders, L. I., 27 May, 1829 ; m. i 
Jan., X856, Harvey Squires, b. 6 March, X827, a ^* 
mer, and res. Flanders, where he d« 25 Aug., 1867. 
Widow d* 26 Feb., X902. She was a school-teacher, 
and taught the district school many years. 
L Mary Auck Squouo, b. at Flanders, L. I., 2x 
' Feb., X857; m. 20 Feb., x886, Chauncey 
Minor Hairens of Flanders, a carpenter. He 
d. 14 Jan., 1899. 
n. Emma Eluarcxh Sqcjiris, b. at Flanders, L. I., 

X4 Jan., 1859 ; d. 14 June, 1874. 
m. Deborah A. Squirbs, b. at Flanders, L. L, 14 
Oct., x86x ; m. 2$ Dec., 1882, S. Allen Brown 
of Southampton, L. I. He d. 29 Nov., 1883. 

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axo. PETER* FANNING, b. 1786, 
Jamcj;\ Thomas^^ Edmund^) 

m. xst| at Southampton, L. I. 



about Octy 1810., 
Mercy Bishop, 
dau. of John and ( ) Bishop, 

and b. at Southampton, L. I., i Aug., X7S5. 
She d. at Flanders, L. I., 16 Nov., 1820. 

He m. 2d at Quogue, L. I., 26 Feb., 1823, 

Mary Foster, 
dau. of Josiah and Esther (Post) Foster, 
and b. at Quogue, L. I., 14 Sept., x 784. 
She d. at Flanders, L. I., la May, 1839. 

He m. 3d, at Quogue, L. I., , 

Millicent Foster, 
dau. of Rufus and Ruth (Hatsey) Foster, 
and b. at Quogue, L. I., x8 Sept., X796. 

Peter Fanning, son of John and Mary (Aldrich) Fan- 
ning, was born at Flanders, L. I., 7 May, 1 786 ; was a 
farmer and carpenter, and resided in Flanders until X842, 
when he removed to New Suffolk, L. I. 

His wife d. at New Suffolk, L. I., 8 Dec, 1870, a. 74 
yrs., and was bur. at Cutchogue. (g. s.) 

He d. at New Suffolk, L. I., 7 Jan., 1871, a. 85 yrs., 
and was bur. at Cutchogue. (g. s.) 

His will, recorded at Riverhead, dated 29 June, 1867, 
proved 10 April, 1871, mentions wife Millicent, son Fos- 
ter Roe Fanning, daus., Maria, wife of Lewis Young; 
Harriet, wife of Hampton Terry ; Sophia, wife of Silas 
Tuthill (Tuttle) ; and Eliza, wife of Lewis Warner. 

Issue by wife Mercy: 
I. MiLUE Maria\ b. at Flanders, L. L, x Oct., x8xt ; m. 
at Flanders, 2 June, X832, Lewis Young, a farmer of 
Baiting Hollow, L. I., where he was b. i Feb., 1812. 
He d. at Baiting Hollow, x June, xSS8. She d. there 
19 May, 1893. ^<^^ l>wr- at Aquebogue, L. L 

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332 History of the Farming Family 

lisite, all born at Hailing If olhriv^ /. /.; 
I. BfTi-SRY Jane Vounc, b. 5 May, 1S33 ; m. a Liicc 
and d. at Northville, L. I. 

II. Lewis Moxroe Young, b. 17 Nov., 1836. A 


III. Oryander Young, b. 2 July, 1S43. A 

farmer, res. at Baiting Hollow, L. I. 

IV. LozELLE Young, b. 3 March, iS4tS. 

452. II. HARRirr b. at Flanders, L. L, 24 March, 1S13 ; m. at 

Flanders, 14 Jan., 1835, Lewis Hampton Terry, a far- 
mer, b. at Aquebogue, L. I., 2 Jan., 181 o. He d. at 
Aquebogne, 23 Feb., 1885. She d. at Aquebogue, 8 
March, iSSi, 

Issitfy all born at Atjnebogue^ Z. /..• 
I. JoHx Lkwis Tkrky, b. 12 Dec, 1835. 
11. Marv Mafcy Tkruy, b. 29 Jan., 1839. 

III. DoRLisSA Maria Terry, b. 3 Jan., 1S42. 

IV. Catharine Mehitable Terry, b. 20 Nov., 1843. 

V. PrrER Fanning Terry, b. 3 July, 1848. 
VI. Lii.UAN Harriet Terry, b. 4 Dec, 185 1. 
vn. Franklin Hamki-on Tkrry, b. 4 Oct., 1854. 

VIII. Ell.\ Sophia Terry, b. 4 Sept., 1856. 
IX. Annie E Terry, b. 10 Aug., 1859. 

453. in. ELIZA^ b. at Flanders, L. L, 5 May, 1815 ; m. at Flan- 

ders about 25 Dec, 1839, Lewis Warner, a farmer res. 

at Baiting Hollow, L. L, where he d. 15 Feb., 1877, 

a. (^i yrs., 5 mos., 13 ds. 

She d. at Baiting Hollow, 16 Jan., 1879, a. 63 yrs. 
I. Melicent Sophia Warner, b. at Flanders, L. I., 
19 Dec, 1840 ; m. at Riverhead, L. I., 19 Oct., 
1 86 1, Philetus Watson Brown, and res. at James- 
port, L. L Issue living: Ellsworth Philetus 
Brown and Nellie L. Brown, m. to Sherwood 
Emerson Tuthill. 

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Sixth GefuraHon 333 

4S4. nr. So^HrA^ b. at Flanders, L. L, 30 March, 1818 ; m. at 
New Suflblk, L. L, 12 Oct, 1842, Silas Tuttle, (Tut- 
hill) b* at Speonk, L.1^ ix May, 1814, a fiurmer, and 
res. at West Hampton, L. L 
L Mabtka Sophia Tuttlb, b. at Speonk, L. I., 24 
Aug., 1844 ; m. at West Hampton Beach, L. L, 
5 Oct^ 1866, George Benjamin Edwards. Res. 
Springs, L. L 
n. Susan Margrr Ttrmji, b. at Speonk, L. L, 28 
March, 1847 1 n^* ^ ^egi Hampton Beach, L. 
I^ 5 Oct., x866, Herbert Fisher Stephens. 
III. Petbr Fanning TUttlb, b. at Speonk, L. I., z 
Feb., 185X ; m. at Good Ground, L. I., z Oct, 
1871, Sarah Matilda Foster, and res. at V/est 
Hampton Beach, L. I. 
nr. EuzABfiTH Ixu TUitlb, b. at Speonk, L. I., 23 
Oct, 1854; m. at West Hampton, L. L, 29 
Dec., 1879, John Mulford Parsons, and res. at 
West Hampton Beach, L. I. 
V. Silas Albrrtson Tuttuc, b. at Speonk, L. I., 3 
Nov., 1858 ; onm. and res. at West Hampton 
Beach, L. I. 
VL Sasah Kate Tuttxjb, b. at West Hampton Beach, 
L. L, 28 July, z86x ; m. at West Hampton 
Beach, L. L, ( Oct, 1886, Edward Halsey 
Ludlow, and res. at West Hampton Beach, 
where she d; 19 Feb., 1898. 
+4SS* ^* Psm WBLLs^ b. at Flanders, L. L, 2 April, 1820. 

Istme iy w^€ Mary: 
+456. vt Footer Rob^ b. at Flanders, L. L, 5 Oct, 1828. 

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334 History oftlu Fanming Family 

ax3. JAMSS^ FANNING* b. 1 792, (J^l^./mm^, 

JatBi$\ Tkama^^ Edmmnd^) 

m. at Good Ground, L. I., , . 

Clariaaa Foornier, 
daiL of John and Deborah (Warner) Foamier, 
and b. at Red Creek, Suffolk Co^ L. L, 14 July, 1798. 

James Fanning was bom at Flanders, L. I*, is Feb^ 
179a ; was.a carpenter, and resided at Good Ground, L. 
I^ where he d. intestate, 16 July, iMo. 
She Good Grouml,3 April, 1875. Both bar. there. 
457. I. Ann Foomim!, b. at Flanders, L. I., ss Oct, 1819 ; 
d. instsntiy from the effects of a ftll from a tree at 
. Good Ground, L. L, 11 Aug., 1831. 
+458. n. Daniel Warner\ b. at Flanders, L. L, 4 Dec, i88i. 

459. m. Ex»ifUND% b. at Sterlings L. L, si Feb., i8a6 ; d. at 

Good Ground, L..L, is March, i86i. 

460. rr. OLPrER\ b. at Aquebogue, L. L, 3 July, 1830; was 

drowned in Shinnecock Bay, 3 June^ 185 1«' 

461. T. Ellxn\ b. at Good Ground, L. I., 19 Dec, 1833 ; d. 

5 Oct, 1835. 
+46a. n. HAnLANPaaB%b.atGoodGnMmd,L.L,i90ct,z837. 

463. TIL CHAnLom Ann^ b. at Good Ground, L. L, 27 Dec, 

1841 ; m. William Everett PhOlips. lies, at Good 

Ground, whereshed. S3 Feb.,1871. Hed.Sept,i893. 


' ' t LauBA KiDiB PBnun^ b. S7 April, 1863 ; m. 

19 Dec, i88a. Burton Daniel Bigelow. Res. 


n. LoTTiB Mary Phillips, b. 4 Sept, 18&4 ; dec*d. 

m. Edmund Cakl Phillips, b. s Sept, 1866 ; res. 

at Good Ground, L. I. 
FT. Stanley Dorsxy Phillips, b. ; dec*d. 

464. vm. Henry Martin^ b. at Good Ground, L. I., 14 June, 

1844; cL 8 Aug., 1847. 

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Sixth Generation 335 

214. SAMUEL* FANNING, b. 1794, {John\ James\ 
Jame^^ Thomas^^ Edmund^) 

m, I St, at Flanders, L. I., 9 Nov., 18 16, 

Charlotte Pournier, 
eldest dau, of Barnabas and Mehitable (Warner) Foumier, 
and b. at Red Creek, L. I., 16 Oct., 1797. 

She d. at Janiesport, L. I., [according to her head- 
stone] "10 Feb., 1839, a. 39 yrs., 3 nios., 27 ds." 

He m. 2d, at Jamesport, L. I., 17 Sept., 1840, 

Phoebe Aldrich, 
dau. of Jason and Mary (Shaw) Aldrich, 
and b. at Jamesport, L. I., 4 Oct., 1802. 

Samuel Fanning was bom at Flanders, L. I., 17 Feb., 
1794, was a carpenter, and resided at Jamesport, L. L, 
but afterwards removed to New Suffolk, L. I. He was an 
active Christian man, and a prominent member of the 
Methodist-TZpiscopal Church. 

His wife d. at New Suffolk, L. I., 23 Nov., 1855, a 53 
yrs., I mo., 19 ds., and is bur. at Janiesport, L. I. 

He d. at New Suffolk, L. I., 28 March, 1861, a. 67 yrs., 
I mo., 1 1 ds., and is bur. at Jamesport, L. I. 

His win is recorded at Riverhead, dated 27 Dec, i860, 
proved 14 May, 1861, and mentions son Charles W. Fan- 
ning, to whom he bequeathed real estate in New Suffolk. 
Issue hy wife Charlotte : 
+465. I. S.vMUEL^ b. at Aquebogue, L. I., now Jamesport, in 

June, x8i8. 
4-466. n. GiLDfERT Denniston\ b. at Jamesport, L. I., 24 Feb., 
467. III. JosHUA^ b. at Jamesport, L. I., 24 Oct., 1826 ; d. of 
consumption, 10 Sept., 1849, a. 22 yrs., 1 1 mos., 1 7 ds. 
+468. IV. Charles Wesley', b.atJamesport.L. I., 8 March, 1 829. 
469. V. Horace\ b. at Jamesport, L. I., 24 July, 1835. Was 
drowned in 1879 or iSSo, sailing from ihc South to 
New York, and body never recovered. 

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336 History of the Fanning Family 

2x7. ABRAHAM* FANNING, 1>. i8o«», {Jorin\Janirs\ 
James^^ Thomas^, luimuntO) 

m. at Northville, L, L, 2 Oct., 1824, 

Martha Hallock Luce, 
dau. of Benjamin and Prudence (Hallock) Luce, 
and b. at Northville, L. I., 4 Aug., 1 799. 

Abraham Fanning, son of John and Mary (Aldrich) 
Fanning, was born at Flanders, L. I., 15 March, iSoo. 
He was a farmer, and resided at Northville, L. I., where 
he died intestate, 23 Sept., 1850, aged 50 yrs., 6 mos. 
(g. s. reads "49 yrs., 6 mos/') 

Widow d. at Northville, L. I., 30 Dec, 1876, a. 77 yrs., 
4 mos., 26 ds. (g. s.) Both bur. in Aqucboguc Cemetery. 
Issue : 

470. I. Mary Aldrich', b. at Flanders, L. I., i Oct., 1825 ; 

m. 7 Jan., 1851, David Edwards Dayton. She d. 
24 July, 1902. Issue: Martha Jane tte, Mary, Lil- 
lian, Elbertie Harris, Sarah Benjamin and David 
Benjamin Dayton. 

471. ic. EsiHER ANN^ b. at Flanders, L. I., 17 April, 1S30 ; 

d. 17 Julie, 1830, a. 2 mos. 

472. ni. Sarah Maria^, b. at Flanders, L. L, 4 July, 1831 ; d. 

22 March, 1832, a. 8 mos., 18 ds. 

473. IV. Fr/VNCES Martha', b. at Flanders, L. I., in July, 1833 ; 

d. 2 Aug., 1833, a. 3 weeks. 

474. v. Alfred Hoadley', b. at Aquebogue, L. I., 15 Dec, 

1834 ; d. unm., 23 Aug., 1854, a. 19 yrs., 8 mos., 8 

ds. (g. s.) Bur, Aquebogue, L. I, 
+475. VI. Edgar Benjamin^ b. at Aquebogue, L. I,, 19 April, 

+476. VH. Elbert Alonzo', b. at Northville, L. I., 14 Jan., 1840. 
477. VIII. Isaac Harris GoLDSM^^H^ b. at Northville, L. I., 28 

Sept., 1842 ; d. unm, at Lovelock, Butte Co., Cal., 

28 Dec, 1 88 1, a. 39 yrs. Bur. Aquebogue, L. I. 

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Sixth Generation 337 

218. JACOB* FANNING, b. 1S03, (John'^James^ 

James^f Thomas^, Juimtsfn/^) 

m. at Flanders, L. I., 5 April, 1827, 

Abigail Terry' Fanning, 
dau. of Nathaniel* and Abigail (Terry) Fanning (No. 200), 
and b. at Flanders, L. I., 8 April, 1805. 

Jacob Fanning was a carpenter and builder, and fanner, 
and resided at East Quogue, Suffolk Co., L. I., where he 
d. intestate 10 Sept., 1868. 

Widow d. at East Quogue, L. I., one week later, 17 
Sept., x868. Both bur. at East Quogue. 

478. I. Abigail^ b. at East Quogue, L. I., 22 March, 1828 ; d. 

2 April, 1828. 

479. II. RosENA Adigail', b. at East Quogue, L. I., 31 March, 

1829; m. at Roslyn, L. I., 9 Jan., 1S60, William 
Culver, b. at Southampton, L. I., 26 July, 1834, was 
a seaman and later a farmer. Res. East Quogue, 
L. I., where she d. 9 May, 1863, without issue. He 
m. 2d, 14 March, 1865, Esther Ann Mott, and res. 
at East Quogue. Issue three sons. 

480. III. Mary Anne^, b. at East Quogue, L. I., 26 May, 1832 ; 

m. at East Quogue, 20 April, 1853, Josiah Foster, b. 
at East Quogue, 25 March, 1827. He followed the 
water and was captain of a whaling vessel ; aftenvards 
removed to Bridgehampton, L. I., and followed farm- 
ing, where he d. 13 Dec, 1S79. 

I. Alice Mary Foster, b. 10 March, 1854 ; m. 16 

Oct., 1876, Alfred Pierson Rogers. Res. at 
Bridgehampton, L. I. Issue four ch. 

II. Martin Jefferson Foster, b. 14 Dec, 1S57; 
. d. 28 Aug., 1881, unm. 


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338 History of the Fanning Family 

III. Clifford Josiah Foster, b. 30 April, 1859 ; ni. 

23 May, 1889, Louise Halsey Topping. Res. 
at Bridgeliampton, L. I. Issue two ch. 

IV. Flora Roskna Foster, b. 30 Nov., 1864 ; m. 

16 Oct., 1883, Addison Gardner Topping. Kcs. 
Uridgeliampton, L. I. Issue three ch. 

V. Wiu.iAM Henry Fostkr, b. 1 April, 1S69; ^• 

7 Aug., 1869. 
4S1. IV. CuARLOTiE Melissa^, b. at East Quogue, L. I., 18 
Oct., 1836 ; m. at East Quogue, L. I., 3 Nov., 1855, 
Stephen Aumack. He was a house-builder, and res. 
at East Quogue and Port Jeflerson, L. I. He d. at 
Port Jefferson, 27 May, 1896, and left issue : 
I. Jacob Fletcher Aumack, b. 3 Aug., 1S57 ; m. 
23 Aug., 1879, Emma Ivens. Issue three ch. 
+4S2. V. Wesley', b. at .'3ast .Quogue, L. I., 8 March, 1S39. 
4S3. VL E.MILY Jane', b. at East Quogue, L. I., 18 Dec, i8.ji ; 
m. ist, at East Quogue, L. I., 9 Dec, 1858, Lewis 
Woodhull Terry, s. of Joseph and Rachel Terry. Res. 
Port Jefferson, where he d. 25 June, 1869. Widow 
m. 2d, at Port Jefferson, 2 April, 18S2, Azel Wells, 
a ship-joiner of Bridgeport, Conn., where they res. 
He d. 14 March, 1896. Widow m. 3d, at Bridgeport, 
3 .^pril, 1898, John Williams of Watcrbury, Conn., b. 
in Wales, 15 June, 1838. Res. Bridgeport. 
Issut by first marriage : 
u Allen Woouhull Terry, b. 12 Sept., 1859 ; m. 
at Southampton, L. I., 25 Nov., 1882, Annie 
Woodburn. Issue : Orange Fanning Terry, b. 
20 Oct., 1883. Res. i:ridgeport. Conn, 
n. Burton Irvlmg Terry, b. 25 June, 1S67 ; d. 5 
July, 1868. 
+484. viL Oraxce Terry\ b. at East Quogue, L. I., 9 Oct., 1844. 
485. viiL Edward Martix". b. at East Quogue, L. I., i Aug., 
1851; d. 24 Oct., 1851. 

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{David\ Tkama^, \ 


321. DAVID* FANNING, b. 1778, 
Jame^t Thomas\ Edmund^) 
m. at 

dau. of 
and b. at 

David Fanning, son of David and Jane (Smith) Fan- 
ning, was born at Sterling (now Grecnport), L. I., 9 
Feb., 1778, and was baptized In the Presbyterian Church, 
Southold, 7 July, 1 782. 

There appears little record of David Fanning in Suf- 
folk Co., L. I., and he probably removed to some other 
locality and settled. Some members of the family state 
that he lived in Rome, N. Y., at one time, and had a 
daughter Charlotte who married a Dunn, but confirma- 
tion of this, as well as any further record is wanting. 
486. 1. Catharine^ b. at ; m. at 

Robert Cone, and res. in New York 
City. (She was cousin of Susannah A., dau. of Sam- 
uel Fanning, No. 224.)* 

* Vide Records in Surrogate's Oflice, New York City, Letters of Adminis- 
tration, Liber 48, p. 457: — "25 May, 1849— Robert Cone, husband of Cath- 
arine Cone of the City of New York, a cousin of Susan Fanning, who died 
intestate, was appointed administrator of the Estate of said Susan Fanning, 
Dressmaker, in right of his said wife, Catharine Cone, by Alexander Brad- 
ford, Surrogate." If Catharine Cone was "cousin of Susan Fanning," as the 
foregoing record states, she must therefore necessarily have been a daughter 
of David Fanning, No. 221. 

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224. SAMUEL* FANNING, h. 17M3, 

Thomas^ ^Jamc^^ 'rhomas*'^ Eifinund^) 
m. at 

dau. of 
and b. at 



Samuel Fanning, son of David and Jane (Smilh) Fan- 
ning, was born at Sicrling, now Grcenport, L. 1., 10 April, 


He settled in New York before 1809, was a grocer, and 
had his farm at " Outlands," Suffolk Co., L. I., at or near 
Sterling. His name is in the N. Y. Directory of 1S09. 
He d. at New York City, 27 Jan., 1820, a. ^Z yrs. 
Widow d. at New York City, 21 June, 1845, a. 74 yrs. 
Both bur. in the Presbyterian Cemetery, Rutgers street. 
His will, dated 9 Dec., 1819, proved 28 Feb., 1820, 
recorded in the Surrogate's Office, New York City, Liber 
55, mentions his wife, Mary Fanning, his two daus., Jane 
Mariah Fanning and Susannah Amelia Fanning. He ap- 
pointed his wife Mary, John Bremner and liradley S. 
Wiggins, Jr., his executors. 
487. I. Jaxe Maria*, b. at , , x8o8 ; d. at 

New York City, 26 April, 1827, a. 19 yrs., unm. Bur. 
Presbyterian Cemetery, Rutgers street. 
488. 11. SusAXMAH Ameua\ b. at , , 18x3. 

She never m. She d. intestate in New York City, 
Sunday, 4 Feb., 1849, in her 37th year. Funeral 
services were held at ^^ loth street, New York, (N. 
Y. Tribune of Tuesday, Feb. 6, 1849.) Robert Cone 
of New York was appointed administrator on Estate 
of Susan Fanning, Dressmaker, in right of his wife, 
Catherine Cone, 25 May, 1849. (Vide note under 
David Fanning, No. 221.) 

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228. JOHN COFFIN* FANNING, b. 1778, (JViinra:^, 
J^hifuas^^Jame^^ Thomas*, Kdmund^) 

m. at Nantucket, Mass., Sunday, 22 Sept., 1S02, 
by the Rev. Mr. Curacy, 

Nancy Coffin, 
dau. of Capt. Thaddeus and Nancy ( ) Coffin, 

and b. on the Island of Nantucket, 7 Oct., 17S4 (Nan- 
tucket Records). 

John Coffin Fanning, son of Phineas and Keziah (Cof- 
fin) Fanning, and grandson of Col. Phineas Fanning of 
Long Island, was born at Nantucket, Mass., 28 May, 

When a young man he served an apprenticeship at 
blacksmithing with Paul Hussey, but on coming of age 
he preferred a seafaring life, and followed the sea in com- 
mand for. several years. 

He d. at the house of his brother William Fanning (No. 
229) in Brooklyn, N. Y., 9 Sept., 1819. His burial place 
lias not been learned.* 

Widow d. at (Nantucket, Mass., supposedly) 26 Sept, 
1862. (Nantucket Records). 
489. 1. ADEUNE^ b. at Nantucket, Mass., Tuesday, 1 1 June, 

1805. She never m. Res. at Nantucket, where she 

d. x6 Oct., 1877 (Nantucket Records). 

*The above record of John Co(Rn Fanning is to a great extent taken from 
the John Coflin Wood Manuscript. This is a ^'Genealogical Narrative/' as 
it is called, "of the Woods, Fannings and CofTms, by the late John ColTin 
Wood, Esq.," and was compiled about the year 1869, 

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342 History of the Fanning Family 

229. WILLI AM« FANNING, b. 1780, {Phuiea^, 

Phinea^^Jamej^^ Thomas^ ^ Edmund^) 

in. at New York City in March, 1803, 

Nancy Rogers Simmons, 
dau. of Chapman and Elizabeth (Forsyth) Simmons, 
and b. at New London, Conn., (26 Nov., 1789?). 

William Planning was born at Nantucket, Mass., 25 
April, 1 7S0. He was a rope manufacturer. He served 
an apprenticeship at Nantucket when a young man with 
William Coffin ("Bill, the Roper"). When of age he 
settled in New York, where he was successful in business 
and amassed quite a competence. His name appears in 
the New York Directory of 181 1 as "William Fanning, 
Ropemaker, Sands street, Brooklyn," and also in a num- 
ber of later directories, "190 Laurens street," New York. 

His wife d. at Poughkeepsie, N. Y., 12 Sept., 1861, and 
was bur. at Poughkeepsie. 

He d. at Hempstead, N. Y-, 29 Sept., 186 1. He was 
bur. in one of tiie cemeteries in the upper part of New 
York City, near Harlem. 

Issue : 

490. I. John Coffin", b. at New York City, 12 Jan., 1804. He 

graduated at Princeton, 1820, studied medicine, and 
became a physician, and res. at Brooklyn, where he 
d., unm., 9 March, 1846, at the head of his profession. 
Bur. in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, where a 
monument has been erected to his memory by his 

491. II. Eliza Ann', b. at Brooklyn, N. Y., 4 Oct., 1805 ; m. at 

Brooklyn in 1824, William Schenck, a merchant of 
that city. He was b. at Canarsie, L. I., 20 Aug., 1 797. 
He d. at Brooklyn, 16 March, 1832. Widow d. at 
Brooklyn, 21 Dec, 1884. Both bur. in Greenwood 

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Issue^ bom at Brooklyn^ N. Y.: 
I. Adbunk Fannino Schbnck, b. 95 Jan., 1895 ; 
m. 4 Oct, 1 855, Loac W. R. Bromley, at his 
second wife. He was a lawyer, b. 5 July, 1806, 
and res. in Brookljm, where he d. in 1899. 
Issue : John Schenck, d. in infancy ; Frances 
Pearaidl and Edward PearsaU Bromley. Widow 
res. 105 Second Place, Brooklyn, 
n. Aletta Jane Schenck, b. in 1827 ; 1855, 
Dr. John Reed Cooper, a physician of Pongfa- 
keepsie, N. Y., b. there 35 Jan., i8s8. Res. at 
Poughkeepsie, where he d. in 1891. Bur. in 
Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn. Issue : one 
son, William Schenck Cooper, res. 149 Pier- 
pont street, Brooklyn, N. Y. 
m. Nicholas William Schenck, b. 8 Jan., 1830 ; 
m. ist, at Wilmington, N. C, 3 Nov., 1858, 
Mary Elixa Morris, dan. of Richard and Joan- 
na (Yonge) Morris, b. at Wilmington, s8 July, 
1837. She d. 29 Feb., 1876. He m. sd, 4 
Oct, 189a, Annie Elxey Holmes, dau. of 
Owen Davis and Ann Moore (Hill) Holmes. 
She d. x8 Feb., 1901. No issue. 

Nicholas W. Schenck was brought up and 
educated at Wilmington, N. C, by his great 
' unde, Phinehas Wines Fanning (No. 235), and 
res. with him until 1855. Was in the Confed- 
erate Army 1861 to 1865, Capt and A. C. S. 
at Wilmington. He removed North after the 
War and res. in Brooklyn many years, doing 
business in New York. In 1896 he returned 
to the South. Issue by ist wife : Mary Cooper, 
Eliza Fanning, Richard M., d. in infcy, Ada 
Bromley, Josephine E., Margaret Standish, 
William C. and James Schenck, d. in infcy. 

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49s. m. Amn ELIZ4^ b. at BrooUjo, N. Y^ 15 Jul, 1S08;; 
m. at New York Citjr, , , Chaiki Cable ' 

of Poiighkeqitiey N. Y. He was a meidiaat, audi 
res. at Poogbkeepsie until 1858, wben be removed . 
to New York City. He d. at BrooUyn, 

. Sbe d. at Brooklyn, 13 Aug., 1898, a. 90 
yis. Bur. at Greenwood Ceneteiy. Issoe: Fan*; 
ningf m. dan. of Mflton Reeves, lived and d. at Wit ^ 
liamsbuig, L. I., and bad issue one dan.; Maiy, 
decVd ; Julia, dec Vd ; Adeline and Caralme CaUe, 
the kst two unm. and residing at Brooklyn. No 
record is obtainable fiom tin fiunfly. 

+493* IV. WnxiAM AtlGDsnlS^ b. at Brooklyn, N. Y., si liardi, ' 
494* ▼• Kku ComN^ b. at Brooklyn, N. Y., 9 April, 1813 ; 

d. in infimcy. 
495* VI. Cabouhb Oainf , b. at Brooklyn, N. Y., 9 Feb., 1816 ; ". 
nu at Hoboken, N. J., 18 May, 1856, Anton Mets, t 
b. at Ratisbon, Bavaria, 15 Eke, i8ss, and res. in 
New Yoric He is in marine insmance business. She 
lostanann wlienalittlegttiathcrgnndftthcrShn* . 
mons*, and her fiitber educated her te a teacher, 
which vocation she followed till her mairiage. She 
d. in New YoriL City, 5 July, 1888. Bur.inWood-i 
lawn Cemetery. No issue. 

+49C viL IteMAS Chavmaii', b. at Btoooklyi^ N. Y., 19 Dec, i' 
497* vm. EDifUiiD% b. at Brooklyn, N. Y., 14 Jan., 18S3; d» 

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233. EDMUND* FANNING. Ii. 1790. {Phhea^, 

ro. at 

Hester Lewis, 

dau. of 
and b. at 

Edmund Fanning, son of Phineas and Keziah (Coffin) 
Fanning, and grandson of Col. Phineas Fanning of Long 
Island, was born at Nantucket, Mass., 3 Dec, 1 790. 

He removed to and located in New York City, and 
resided on Pump street, where he died of small-pox, x i 
Feb., 1824, aged 33 years, % months, 8 days.* 

He w*as buried in the Methodist Cemetery on Allen 

Widow d. at Nantucket (probably), 24 Dec, 1882. 
(Nantucket Records) .f 


498. 1. Caroline', b. at New York, N. Y., i April, 1819 ; d. 

at New York, 11 March, 1824, a. 4 yrs., 11 mos., 10 
ds., and was bur. in the Methodist Cemetery, that 

499. II. Cecilia^ b. at ; d. unm« 

500. III. Ann Frances^ b, at ; d. unm. 

* His name does not appear in the New York Gty Directory. 

tThe John Cotrin Wood Ms. states that the widow married John Thomas. 


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234. ROBERT BARCLAY* FANNING, b. 1793, (^W«- 
tfaj*, Phineas*, James^, Thonta^^ Edmund^) 
m. at Nantucket, Mass., Thursday, 
II May, 1815 by the Rev. Mr. Lindsay, 

Phebe Coleman Swain, 
dau. of Capt. David and ( ) Swain, 

and b. at Nantucket, Mass., 22 Aug., 1799. 

Robert Barclay Fanning, son of Phincas and Kcziah 
(CofTm) Fanning, was bom at Nantucket, Mass., 10 Feb., 

He early removed to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and settled, 

and followed his occupation, that of a contractor. He was 

a mason by trade. 
He died at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 18 Nov., 1840.* 
Widow died at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 11 Feb., 1S69. 
Issue : 

501. I. David Swain', b. at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 

d. in infancy. 

502. II. Kezia Coffin^, b. at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 26 Oct. 

1819; m. at Poughkeepsie, 23 July, 1837, William 
Augustus Fanning (No. 493), a cousin, b. 21 March, 
1 8 10, son of William and Nancy (Simmons) Fan- 
ning. (Sec data under No. 493.) 

503. III. Walter', b. at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 

d. in infancy. 

504. IV. Rebecca Munroe', b. at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 22 Nov., 

1838; m. at Poughkeepsie, 9 May, 1866, Henry Tit- 
tamer of that city, b. 14 February, 1834. 
She Poughkeepsie, 30 March, 1879. No issue. 
[Robert B. Fanning had other children who died in 
infancy, but their record is not obtainable.] 

* H'j cl. from cfTccts of a fall from a ladder while placing a transparency 
on a Log Cabin in Konor of cU clioa of William Ilcnry Harrison, as Prtsl- 
dcnt of the C.S. 

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235. PHINEHAS WINES' PANNING, b.,1799, (P/nVi- 
taf, Phineas\ Jame^, Thoma^, Edmund^) 

m. at Lake Waccamaw, N.C., 30 Apr., 1874, 

Mrs. Emily Jane Way Moore, 
dau. of Edmiinri Randolph and Clarissa (Phelps) Way, 
and b. at Hebron, Conn., 23 Feb., 1833. 
She was widow of Maurice Alexander Moore. 

Phinchas Wines Fanning, son of Phineas and Keziah 
(Coflin) Fanning, was bom at Nantucket, Mass., xo May, 

As a jTOuth he was employed in the counting room of his 
brother Thomas, who owned a Packet Line between New 
York and Charleston, S.C. In 1820 removed to Wilming- 
ton, N.C., where he resided the rest of his life. Was on 
the Editorial Department of a newspaper, and also entered 
into the painting business, in which he was successfuL 

He held many public offices of trust in AK^lmington; 
was magistrate, chairman of County Court, member of 
City Government, Chief of Fire Department, etc. Was 
Chairman of Relief Committee from z86z to 1865. 

He attained high rank in the Masonic Order, being 
Past Grand Master, Grand High Priest, etc. 

It has been said no other man in the history of Wit* 
mington had done more for the prosperity and ad\'ance- 
ment of the dty than he. 

He d. at Wilmington, N.C., 10 Aug., x88o. Buried 
in Masonic plot, Oakdale Cemetery. 

His widow d. 14 Feb., 1895. Buried at Masonboro, 
N.C. No issue. 

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238, BARCLAY P • FANNING, l». 1785, (Naltmih 

tel\ PhUuas\ Jame^, Thomai, Edmund^) 

m. at New York, N.Y., in 1818, 

Eliza McCracken, 
dau. of James and Elizabeth (Leroy) McCracken, 
and b. at New York in 1803. 

Barclay P. Fanning was bom at Aquebogue, L. I., 
13 April, 1785, was a grocer, and res. in New York City. 
He was in the war of 18x2, and did fort duty near 
New York City. He served as private in Capt. Sea- 
man's Company, 4xst U.S. Infantry, from 2 Feb., 1814, 
to 15 May, 181 5. In his latter years he returned to 
Long Island to live and died at Aquebogue in i860. 

In 1878 his widow was allowed pension by the Govern- 
ment for service of her husband. She died at Brooklyn 
in 1880. Both buried at Aquebogue, L.I. 
+505. L James Nathaniel', b. at New York, N.Y., 26 Jan., 

506. n. Thomas', b. at New York, N.Y., d. in infancy. 

507. m. Barclay Garrison', b. at New York, N.Y. ; 

d. at FrankKnville, L.I., a. 6 yrs. 
50S. IV. Lydia Ann', b. at New York, N.Y., in Oct., 1829; m. 

in Nov., 1852, David Porter Sherry. He is deceased. 
She is a school teacher, res. Brooklyn. 
509. v. Joanna Reeves', b. at New York, N.Y., 6 April, 

1831; m. ist, in July, 1851, Robert Dickson. Res. 

New York City and Philadelphia, where he d. 

Issue Henry Lawrence and Clara Virginia Dickson, 

both deceased. Widow m. 2nd, at New York, 

John Androuvette Mance, and d. in Dec, 189 1. 

He res. Greenport, L.L No issue. 
Sio. VL Barclay', b. at New York, N.Y., in Feb., 1834; d. 

32 Aug., 1836, a. 2 yrs., 6 mos. 

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240. DANIEL WELLS* PANNING, b. 1788, (Naihan- 
iel^f Phineas^t Jame^^ IVwma^^ Edint$nd*) 
m. istat 

Prances WoodhuUt 
dau. of Josiah and Betsey (Conldin?) Woodhull, 
and b. at Franklinville, L.L, 4 Dec, 1796. 

Descendants, state she d. 17 Nov., 1844; headstone at 
Jamesport reads, '^died 25 Nov., 1843, ^- S^-" 
He m«, ad, at Mattituck, L. L, in May, 1854, 

Elizabeth Brown, 
dau. of Samuel and Harmony (Tuthill) Brown, 
and b. at Cutchogue, L.L, 9 Sept., 1799. 

Daniel Wells Fanning was bom at Aquebogue, L.I., 
4 Jan., 1788. Was a farmer, and resided at Jamesport, 
L.L, where he died 4 March, 1864. Said to have been 
in War of x8x3. Widow d. at Jamesport, z Dec., 1884. 
+5ZZ. L Phzneas', b. at Aquebogue, L.L, Z4 Mar., z8z8. 
5X9. zi. WiLLZAi^, b. at Aquebogue, L.L, zSao; d. }'oung. 
5Z3. zzL Annze Ezjzabeth', b. at Aquebogue, L.L, zj Sept., 
z8a3: m. Daniel Buell Hallock. She d. Dec., z8sz. 
(See No. sz8.) 
+5x4. zv. Danzel Wezxs^, b. at Franklinville, L.I., zx Aug., 
5x5. V. Phsbs Woodhull', b. at Mattituck, L.L, 6 Feb., 
x8a7; m. Selden Simons. No record obtainable. 
5x6. vx. Nathanxel^ b. at Mattituck, LL, xx Feb., X829; 

d. at Yaphank, L.I., x6 Jan., X8S9, unm. 
5x7. viL WxLLZAK Henry', b. at SouthoU, LL, 7 Apr., 

X83Z; d. at Jamesport, L.L, Aug., X855, unm. 
5x8. vxxL Feances Maria', b. at Southoki, LL, 16 Sept., 
X833; m. at Brooklyn, abt. zSs^ Daniel Buell Hal- 
lock. Res. Brooklyn, where he d. in i888. Wid. 
d. Brooklyn, aa Jan., 1903. Issue, 8 ch. 
+5x9. XX. James Barclay', b. at Mattituck, LL, 6 Feb., X836. 

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a4Z. SOLOMON* PANNING, b. 1790, (Naihaniefi, PMn- 
eas\ Jame^y Thomas?, Edmu9id^) 

m. ist, at New York City, N.Y., 

Jenisha L Merrill, 
daiu of 
and b. at 
She d. at 
He m. 3d, at 

dau. of 
and b. at 
She lived only a few weeks after marriage* 
He m. 3d, at 

Mrs. Mary Baker, 
dau. of 

and b. at Philadelphia, Pa«, 14 May, i8ox. 
and wid. of 

Solomon Fanning, son of Nathaniel and Anna (Wells) 
Fanning, was bom at Aquebogue, L.L, 12 April, 1790. 

He cariy removed to New York City, where he located, 
and followed his occupation, that of a cabmet maker 
and furniture dealer. His name appears in the New 
York " Directory *' from 1820 to 1864-65. 

She died at New York City, 4 May, 1849, aged 48 
years, 11 months, ai days (N.Y. "Observer" of May 12, 
1849). Her funeral services were held at her residence, 
54 Henry St., N.Y. Invited friends of H. and C. A. 
McLane to the funeral. Body was removed from dty 
for burial. 

He died intestate at New York City in 1864, and his 
son, Charles Fanning, was appointed administrator of his 
father's estate, 5 Jan., 1865. 

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Issxit by wife Jenislia.: 

+520. I. Charles^, b. at 
531. ji. G£ORC£^ b. at 

He never m. Was a cabinet maker, and res. in 
New York City. His name appears in the New 
York City "Directory" from 1848 to 1852, but not 
later, and he d. probably about the latter year. 

522. III. Henry T ^ b at New York, N.Y. 

He never m., and it is said d. early in life. Was a 
cabinet maker, and res. in New York City. His 
name disappears from the city "Directory" in 

523. IV. Caroline^, b. at New York, N.Y. ; m. at 

New York, Francis T. Birchard, but d. 

without issue. 

524. V. Harriht^ b. at New York, N.Y. ; m. at 

New York, Francis T. Birchard, widower 

of her deceased sister. 

They removed to Milwaukee, Wis., soon after 
m. It b said had issue 4 ch. 

525. VI. ^\nn Augusta^ b at New York, N.Y., 22 July, 1830; 

d. there "25 Apr., 1845, *• 'S X"-! 9 ^^-f 3 ds." 
(N.Y. "Journal of Commerce," Apr. 26, 1845). 
Funeral at 36 Market St. Body removed from 
city for burial. 

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246. EDMUND'* FANNING, b. J7S5. {i\arihiy>, ritineus^ 
Ja^ne^^ Thoim^, Edmund^) 

m. at Nantucket, Mass., 23 March, z8o8. 

Abigail Giles, 
called "Nabby," dau. of Reuben and Lydia (Baxter) 
Giles, and b. at Nantucket, Mass., 29 March, 1786. 
Nabby Giles, mother was a Quakeress, and the first 
storekeeper in Nantucket. 

Capt. Edmund Fanning, son of Captain Barclay and 
Caroline (Orne) Fanning, was bom on the Island of Nan- , 
tucket, 17 July, 1785. 

He led a seafaring life, commanding a merchant ves- 
sel engaged in trade with the West Indies and South 
America. He was a great favorite with his grand uncle. 
Gov. Edmund Fanning, of Prince Edward Island, whom 
he often visited. Tne Governor promised him that in j 
the event of having a son, .and naming the child after j 
himself and his son Frederick Augustus, he would re- 1 
member the child in his will. 

Captain Fanning, consequently, named his first born 
son Edmund Frederick Augustus, who upon the death 
of the Governor became heir, by the latter's will, to a 
large legacy. 

This afterward gave rise, however, to a suit at law 
between the daughters of Governor Fanning and Capt. 
Edmund Fanning, which lasted many years. (Sec sketch 
of Gen. Edmund Fanning [No. 46], in biographical part.) 

During one of his many voyages to South America, 
Captain Fanning died suddenly at Coquimbo, Chile, on 
board ship, 24 Dec, 1822, and was buried there. 

After his death his widow kept a sh**!! and curio store 
at Nantucket many years, with her widowed sister, Polly 
Burnell. They were conchologists, and supplied colleges 
and others with shells and curios. 

Widow died at Nantucket, 8 March, 1867; buried there. 

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+526. 1. Edaixwd Frederick Augustus^ b. at Nantucket, 

Mass., 28 Dec., x8o8 .♦ 
+527- n. Barclay^ b. at Nantucket, Mass., 28 Sept., 1814. 
528. m. Louisa Augusta', b. at Nantucket, Mass., 27 March, 
18x9 ; m. at Nantucket, Charles 

Russell Gary, b. there 5 March, rSoo, son of Edward 
and Abigail (Russell) Gary of Gharlestown, Mass. 
Gaptain Gary was in the South Sea scaling busi- 
ness, and res. at Nantucket, where he d. of con- 
sumption, 19 July, 1862. 

Issue^ all horn at Natituckcl : 
I. Lydia Giles Gary, b. 21 Dec., 1840, m. 

Isaac Lowenbach, and res. near Boston. 

II. Guarles E. Gary, b. 19 Sept., iS42,d. young. 

HI. Abby L. Gary, b. 8 Aug., 1847; m. Augustus 

Welcomb, and res. at Nantucket. He is 

deceased. Issue, 4 ch., of whom one dau., 

Grace, survives. 

IV. Edward Russell Gary, b. 24 March, 1849, 

V. Mary Eliza Gary, b. 28 March, 1850; m. 
Thomas B. Field. 

* This record of his birth is from the Family Bible. The Nantucket 
Records read he was ** born 28 Dec., 1809." In the contention of General 
Edmund Fanning*s Will in the years 1844 // //^., this matter of the correct 
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NING, b. 1788, {Barclay^ Phineas\ Jatnes^ Thomas', 
m. at 


dau. of 
and b. at 
She died soon after marriage. 

Col. Alexander Campbell Wilder Fanning was born at 
Boston, Mass., in 17S8, where he learned the Inule of 
a bpidary and optician. 

At the age of nineteen years, while mustering on 
Boston Common, 4 Oct., 1808, doing military duty as 
private in Capt. Thomas Dean's Company of Infantry, 
Legionary Brigade, ist Division, he lost an arm by 
the accidental discharge of a musket.* 

He received appointment from Massachusetts, and was 
admitted, 14 April, 1809, to the U.S. Military Academy 
at West Point, N.Y., from which institution he graduated 
6 July, 181 2, with the rank of ist lieutenant, and was 
assigned to the 3d artillery. He was immediately sent 
to the Niagara Frontier, and to active service. On the 
27lh April, 1813, he was engaged under General l*ike 
in the capture of York (now Toronto), where he was 
wounded by an explosion of the enemy's magazine, 
which killed General Pike. On this occasion the British 
lost seven hundred men in killed, wounded, and pris- 
oners. Four weeks later he took part in the defence of 
Sackett's Harbor under General Brown. Sackelt's Har- 
bor was at that time the most important point on Lake 
Ontario, and was attacked twice by the British, who 
were repulsed on the second attempt to capture it with 

* His left hand was so badly shattered thai amputution was necessary. 
He was pop.sloned for hfe by the State of Mass., Feb. 21, 1S09. 

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a loss of one hundred and fifty men. He took part in 
the defence of Fort Erie from the Z3th of August to the 
Z4th of Septembor, for which he was brevetted major. 
During the following November he distinguished himsdf 
in the battle of French Creek, where the British fodlla 
were di^>eised* 

After the war he was transferred to the Florida frontier^ 
where he served untfl xSig, participating in General 
Jackson's campaigns against the Seminole TnriJans. On 
the reorganization of the army in 1821, he was appointed 
captain of the ad artillcryi serving at Fort Mackinaw, 
Mifhiptn. On the 15th of April, 1834,. he was ap- 
pobted acting major of the artillery school at Fortress 
Monroe, 'N^rginia, and on the 3d of Nov., 1832, he was 
commissioned major of artiDerf. He participated in the 
second war against the Seminole Indians from 1835 ^^ 
1839. On the i6th of Sept., 1838, he received the com- 
mission of lieutenant-colonel of the 4th artillery, and 
was brevetted colonel on the 3x8! of Dec., 1839. Dur- 
ing the Canadian disturbances of that poiod, he served 
on the frontier in 1840 and 1841, after which he was 
assigned to the recr ui ting service of the Western De- 
partment, with headquarter! at ClndnnatL He died 
testate, at Newport, Kentucky, on the i8th of Aug., 1846, 
aged 58 years. I& sister, Harriet Ome Reed, was ap- 
pcrinted executrix of his wilL No issue. 

On 14 Jan., x8s8, a memorial of Harriet O. Reed, 
executrix of A. C. W. Fanning, was presented. (See 
« Congressional Reooid," xst Session 35th Congress, Fart 

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960. THOMAS EDMUND* FANNING. b. 1819, (Tkmmi' 

Edmmmd\ Gilbert, /ohms', Thamaf, Edmrnd") 4 J 

nu at Indian Woods,* Bertie Co., N.Caz J,:^ 
Sept, 1852, 

Mary Elinbeth PQgh, . 
dan. of Francis Richard and Mary Ann (Rasooe) Pngli, 
and h. near Windsor, Bertie Co., N.C., r6 Msr., r83S. }| 

Thomas Edmnnd Fanning was born at Ptoqiect, Ue 
of Wi^ Co., Va.,t as Dec, 1819. 

He is a grocer and dealer in phntstinn siqiplies, of 
the firm of Fanning and Thomas at Brownsville, Tcmi. 
HeisaQnsker. .^ 

599. X. Kate Pugi^, b. at ^INndsor, Bertie Co., N.C., 14 June, 
1859; nu at Brownsville, Temt^ 38 Dec, 1880^ Spen- 
cer Farrington Thomas, b. s8 Aug., 1856, son of Rob- 
ert Spencer and Martha (Farrington)ThomBS. Heis 
of the firm of Fanning and Thomas, grooefs, Browns- 
ville, where he resides. 

IssuSf all bam at BrawHSviaa^ Tamu 
I. Kate Famxino Thomas, b. Z9 Sept, 'i88z^ ^^ 
XL RoBiBT Spencer T&omas, b. 27 Dec, z889. 
HL FAMmMO Thomas, b. 13 iiiay, 1884. 
rr. Marb Cam T^mAS, b. 7 Dec, 1885. :» 
y* EuzABXXH Pdgh T&omas, b. ij May, x8Ut./ 
' vz. Edwaid Gamee T&ohas, b. s Julyt x889. ^ 
vzL Frank Pogk Thomas, b. 93 Oct., i89z. 


zx. Spencer Fasrznoion Thomas, b. 28 Nov., 

Z895; d. 8 July, Z896. 
X. AiHA THOMAS, b. ) (twins) 
XL WooDLZFFE Thomas, b. J zs Oct., z897. 

^ A MCtkm of toimUj f on Hosaoko Ehrtr. 

t Protpwcit thoosnoof thoold hommmiar Dlatikt 00 lbs Cosatj 
Rood ItMUng from SmflfoUL* NsnsMOiid Coimty, Va^ to Ids of Wiglit 
Cowt Hosts, snd is sbomt el^t mOss from sitkor plaos. 

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263. WILLIAM AXSON^ FANNING, h. 1791, (/u/wwwrf*, 
Gi/hrri*, JiiiHcy^, Thoma^^ Julniinni*) 

m. ;i( Sloninglon, Conn., 31 M:iy, 1824, 

Juliet Palmer » 
clau. of Natlianicl and Mercy (Brown) Palmer, 
and b. at Stoninglon, Conn., 25 Feb., 1808. 

Capt. William Axson Fanning was born at New York 
City, 34 Cherry St., 4 Jan., 1794; was a sea captain and 
ship master, and resided at Stoninglon, Conn. His resi- 
dence was on Trumbull St., next east of his father's, 
Capt. Edmund Fanning. He built at Stonington, Conn., 
the brigs "Dandy" and "Bunker Hill." It was on the 
hitter that he died of fever while on a voyage from Car- 
ihagena, Spain, 26 Feb., 1826, and was buried at sea. 

A funeral sermon on Captain Fanning was delivered 
28 March, 1826, by the Rev. Gideon B. Perry, of the 
Baptist Church, Stonington. 

The inscription of his death is on the Fanning 
monument in the Robinson burying ground, Stonington. 
He died intestate, and James W. Bleecker, of New York 
City, was appointed adm'r of his est., 17 March, 1826, 
His widow died at the Astor House, New York City, 
23 Aug., 1845, '*^o^ 37 ycarSi ai^d was buried in Ever- 
green Cemetery, Stonington. 
530. I. Sakah ELiZABETn,' b. at Stonington, Conn., 16 Dec, 
1825; m. at New York, N.Y., 14 Sept., 1848, Ed- 
ward Anthony Bradford, b. at Plainfield, Conn. 27 
Sept., 1813, a kiwyer and graduate of Yale, 1S33, 
and Han'ard Law School, 1836. Res. New Orleans, 
La. He d. at Paris, France, 22 Nov., 1872. Bur. 
Plainfield, Conn. Issue: Olive Douglas, George Par- 
tridge, Olive Douglas, William Douglas, Lois, Sydney, 
and Edith Bradfoi*d,all dec*d but William and Sydney. 

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{Hcnry^, Gilberl*, James^, Thontas', Edmund^) 
m. at Charleston, S.C., 26 May, 1S31, 

Elizabeth Fuller ton Righton, 
dau. of Joseph and Elizabeth (Fullcrton) Righton, 
and b. at Charleston, S.C., 28 Oct., 1809. Elizabeth 
Fullcrton's father was John Fullerton, a Scotchman. 

Frederick Deveau Fanning was born in New York City, 
6 Nov., 1S06; was a merchant and settled at Charleston, 
S.C.J where he resided until his death, 26 Feb., 1S69. 

Widow died at Sandy Run, Lexington Co., S.C., 23 
Feb., 1876. Both buried in Magnolia Cemetery, Charles- 
ton, S.C. 

Issue : 

531. I. Mary^ b. at Charleston, S.C, in 1832; ra. at Charles- 

ton in 1S56, .-Mfied Langdon Gillespie, a dr\' goods 
merchant of that city. He served a short time in 
the Confederate Army, and d. at KnoxviUe, Tenn., 
in Jan., 1884. She d. in Dec, 1891. 

532. n. Elizabeth RicnxoN', b. at Charleston, S.C, 9 Dec, 

1833; d. young. 

533. m. Henry Conner', b. at Charleston, S.C, 8 Jan., 

1835; d. young. 
+ 534. IV. Frederick', b. at Charicston, S.C, 6 May, 1838. 
535- ^'' John Richton', b. at Charleston, S.C, 6 July, 1840; 
d. young. 

536. VI. Kerr Boyce', b. at Charleston, S.C, 29 Oct., 1842; 

d. 3 Nov., 1843. 

537. vn. Elizabetu', b. at Cliarleston, S.C, 23 July, 1845; 

m. at Charleston, 26 Dec, 1865, John G. Brown, 
a planter. Res. Burgaw, Pender Co., N.C She 
was educated at Spartanburg Female College, S.C. 

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He graduated at Hillsboro' Academy, N.C. , and 
was in the 2d So. Carolina Cavalry, Army of Vir- 
ginia, 1861 to '65. Notarial Justice, Lexington 
Co., S.C., for 12 years prior to 1890. 
Iztut : tldtsi HiTU horn at Charleston^ S.C. ; 
seven at Sa^idy Run, S.C. 

I. Mary Gillespie Brown, b. 5 Sept., 1866; 

d. 21 May, 1867. 
II. Frederick Fanning Brown, b. 14 Sept., 
1867; m. at Raleigh, N.C, 25 Dec, 1892, 
Lorcna Williams. He is a R.R. conduc- 
tor, res. Raleigh, N.C. 

III. Alexander Taylor Brown, b. 23 Oct., 

1870; m. at Burgaw, N.C, 26 Dec, 
1S93, Delia Aldennan. He is a farmer, 
and res. near Burgaw, N.C. 

IV. Frank Elmore Brown, b. 21 Feb., 1S74. 
V. Lottie Brown, b. 7 Mar., 1878; d. 7 

July, 1889. 
VI. John Taylor Brown, b. 9 Feb., 1881. 
VII. LiLLiE RiOHTON Brown, b. 2 June, 1883. 
vin. William Muller Brown, b. 23 May, 1885. 
ix. Charlotte Elizabeth Brown, b. 16 Jan., 

X. Alfred Gillespie Brown, b. 28 Feb., 
1890; d. 3 Sept., 1894. 

538. VIII. Frances Robertson^, b. at Charleston, S.C, 6 

Nov., 1847; d. young. 

539. IX. Charlotte Boyce', b. at Charleston, S.C, in 1S48; 

m. at Knoxville, Tenn., in 1889, Coleman Wil- 
liams Brownson, of New York. Res. Brooklyn, 

540. X. Sarah Righton^ b. at Charleston, S.C, 14 July, 

1852; unm. Res. at Brooklyn, N.Y. 

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360 History of the Fanning Family 

I'll. THOMAS COrr« FANNING, 1». 1S05, {71uwnis\ 
'Jliomas*, Richard^, 'Jliomar, Julmnml^) 

m, ist,Jit Albion, Orleans Co.,N.Y.,26 Oct., 1S29, 

Cornelia Ann Shepard, 

diiu. of Daniel and Electni (Williams) Shcpard, 
and b. at Aurora, N.Y., 26 Sept., 1805.* 
Slic (I. al Albion, N.Y., 2 June, 1S34. 
lie m. 2d, al New York Cily, i Oct., iS^Sf 

Lucy Hubbard, 
dau. of David and Lucy (Coit) Hubbard, 
and b. at New York City, 23 March, 1816. 
She d. at Brooklyn, N.Y., 13 March, 1853. 
He m. 3d, at Brooklyn, N.Y., 5 March, 1857, 

Mrs. Mary Augusta (Willcox) Marvin, 
dau. of Oliver anil Sally (SiaiUon) Willcox, 
and b. at New Yor'.v City, 10 Dec, 1818. She was wid. 
of Dr. David D. Marvin. 

Thomas Coit Fanning was born at Norwich, Conn., 
2 Aug., 1805. When of age he removed to Rochester, 
N.Y., where he entered a drug store as clerk. Later he 
removed to and was one of the pioneers in the settle- 
ment of Albion, Orleans Co., N.Y., where he commenced 
business in 1829. He held ihc office of elder in the 
Presbyterian Church there. 

In 1849 ^^ removed to Brooklyn, N.Y., selling out . 
his drug business. While in Brooklyn, he engaged in 
map publishing in New York City. Was a member of 
Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, where he held the office of 
deacon until his decease, 21 Nov., 1873. Buried, Green- 
wood Cemetery. His will, dated 12 Dec, 1871, probated 
22 Dec, 1873, ^^ Brooklyn, mentions wives, Mary A. 
Fanning, and Lucy H. Fanning. 

• Daniel Shepard was born at Platnfield, Conn,, 20 June, 1771 ; died at 
Aurora, N.Y., 22 Sept., 1S19. Electra Williams was the daughter of Judah 
Williams, of Williamstown, Mass. They were married at Ulica, N.Y., 19 
April, iSoo. 

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Issue by wife Cornelia : 
4.541. I. Amdiikw MuitDUCK'y b. at Albioai,N.V., t April, 1834. 

Issue by wife Lucy : 
+S42. n. David GRE£N£^ b. at Albion, N.Y., 30 Sept., 1836. 
543. III. QosNEUA Amne^ b. at Albion, N.Y., 22 Aug., 1838; 
d. young. 
+544. IV. Thomas Corf, b. at Albion, N.Y., 5 June, 1840. 

545. V. Lucy Corf, b. at Albion, N.Y., 3 Sept., 1842; m. at 

t Brooklyn, N.Y., 4 Oct., 1870, Oliver Wfllcox Norton, 
; of Norton Bros., large manuiacturers, Chicago, IlL 

Res. Chicago. 

L GsKTauDE HuBBASD NosTON, b. 17 July, 

i873;d.4 Aug., 1873. 
n. Ralph Hubdakd Norton, b. 27 Dec., 1875. 
HI. Elliott Saltonstall Norton, b. 8 July, 

IV. Ruth Woodyatt Norton, b. 30 Jan., 1880. 
V. Strong Vincent Norton, b. 14 Sept., 1882. 

546. VL EuzABXTH HuBBARD^ b. at Albion, N.Y., 4 April, 

1847; <L 3 Jan., 1848. 

547. VXL EiitABXXK Hubbard', b. at Albion, N.Y., 14 Sept, 

1849; <L 15 Oct., 1856. 

Issue hy wife Mary : 

548. vm. Helkn Augusta', b. at Brooklyn, N.Y., 16 Oct. 185S; 

m. at Chicago, HL, s Oct, 1884* Heniy Martyn 
Norton. He was in the 176th Regiment, N.Y. Vol- 
unteers, during Civil War. Connected with Norton 
Bros., Manu&ctuxeis. Res. Chicago, HI. 
V DwiGBT Fanning Norton, b. 3 Nov., 1887. 
n. Roger Stanton Norton, b. ii Jan., 1892. 

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a7S. JOHN HOWARD* FANNING, Ik 1805, (/akm*^ 

nu xst, at Norwich, Conn*, z Maicfa, 1831, 
by the Rev. Seth BIisb, 

BUnbeth Pridde, 
dan. of 

and b. at in z8ox. Her father waa born in;} 

France, and she waa early an orphan. 
She d. at Norwich, Conn., 7 Nov.^ zM4* I 

He nu ad, at Norwich, Coon., 21 April, 1870, 

Mary J Ooodwis^ 

dan. of 
and b. at 

John Howard Fanning, son of Capt. John Fanning, waa . 
bom at Norwich, Comu, 2 ^xrii, z8os« 

He waa a skilled mechanic, and a contxactor for build--' 
ingik He constructed many ">ffl», churches, and rcsi- 
dmcea in New London Co., Conn* 

He resided at Norwich, Conn., and was a man of ster- . 
ling integrity, of genial disposition, and a leader ainong, 
his crafL 

He died at Manchester, N.H., 33 April, 1874, aged 69 " 

years. Buried at Norwidi, Conn. :\^ 

Issm by wife EUwahHh, recorded ai Norwich : ;j 

549* L Jams TMAof^ h. at Norwidi, Conn., 9 Dec, x834;d-p 

6 No?., 1856, mun. . • ; 

-I-550. n. JOHR Tbdma^, b. at Norwich, Conn., 31 Dec, 1837^' •' 

(Norwich, Conn., records read ** 1838.'*) 

551. XEL (Sony, b. at Norwidi, Conn* ; d. 14 April,z839. j 

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276. JAMES GILBERT* FANNING, b. 1809, {John}, 
Thomas\ Richard^, Thomas^, Edmund^) 

m. at Madison, Indiana, 31 Oct., 183S, 

Jane Quinn, 
dau. of Aaron and Elizabeth (Luckey) Quinn, 
and b. at Maysville, Ky., in iSio. 

James Gilbert Fanning was bom at Norwich, Conn., 
7 Sept., 1S09. He was a printer. He went West about 
I S3 7, and lived at Madison, Ind., three or four years and 
afterward at Vcvay, Ind., Dayton, O., and Eaton, O. 
Later he located at Cincinnati, O. 

She died at Eaton, O., 22 Oct., 1864. 

He died at Cincinnati, O., 11 Aug., 18S8. 
Issue : 

552. I. James Quixn^, b. at Madison, Ind., 30 Nov., 1839. 

He was a printer, and res. at Cincinnati, O., where 
he d., unm., 10 Jan., 1903. Bur. at Eaton, Preble 
Co., O. 

553. n. S.\noree^ b. at Vevay, Ind., 9 Oct., 1841 ; 

d. 8 March, 1854. 

554. ni. George TuouA3^ b. at Dayton, O., 9 Oct., 1844; d. 

30 May, 1847. 
SSS- IV. AiJDY Elizaweti^, b. at E:iton, O., 5 Aug., 1847; n^- *t 
Cincinnati, O., 12 Oct., 1876, Henry Harrison Finch, 
of Cincinnati. Res. at Alameda, Cal. No issue. 

556. V. Anne Perkins^, b. at Eaton, O., 8 Jan., 1850. Res. 

at Cincinnati, O. ; unm. 

557. vi. Thomas Tracy^ b. at Eaton, O., iS Jan., 1S52; d. 

at Cincinnati, O., 18 Aug., x86S. 

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277. HENRV* FANNING, h. 1791, {Niihitnl\ U'uhnrd\ 
Richard^ f Thomas '^ Edmund*) 

m. ist, at North Sloninglon, Conn., 19 Dec, 
1812,* by the Rev. John Hyde, 

Mazy Morgan, 
dau. of 
and b. at 

She was baptized and received into the First Church of 
Preston, Conn., 4 Feb., 1821, and d. at Preston, 15 Feb., 

He m. 2d, at Preston, Conn., 15 Nov., i82i,t 
by the Rev. John Hyde, 

Sophia P Davis, 

dau. of 
and b. at i Dec, 1799. 

She d. at Preston, Conn., 24 Nov., 1S64, aged 66 years, 
and was bur. in Preston Cemetery (g.s.). 

Henry Fanning, only son of Richard and Lucy (Park) 
Fanning, v/as born at Stonington or Preston, Conn., in 
1791, where he resided, and also at Norwich. 

His farm in Preston was located on the old road lead- 
ing across Branch Hill, and recently the property of J. 
D, Benjamin. On the first of Feb., 1828, Henry Fan- 
ning sold all his land in Preston, 58 acres, to the First 
Ecclesiastical Society in that town. He and wife Sophia 
were admitted to the First Church in Preston, 7 March, 
1824. He died at Preston, Conn., X3 May 1851, aged 
60 years, and is buried in Preston Cemetery. 

• The First Church of Preston Records read 19 T^ec., 1813, 
t This date is according to the Town Records. The First Church, Pres- 
ton, Records read 6 Dec.^ 1821. 

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Issue by wife Mary, reconleil a I Preston : 
558. 1. llKNRY Nki50n\ li. iit Prcstoi), Conii., 17 Dec, 1813; 
baptized 4 Feb., 1821; d. unm. at Lisbon Conn., 6 
March, 1835, a. 21 years. Bur. in Preston Cemetery. 
SSg. n. William Austin^ b. at Preston, Conn., 13 June, 1818; 
baptized 4 Feb., 1821 ; d. in New York City, 21 June, 
1847, a. 29 yrs. 

Issue by wife Sophia, recorded at Preston : 

560. III. Richard^, b. at Preston, Conn., 20 Aug., 1822; was 

killed by the cars near Aliyn's Point, 13 Jan., 1845, 
a. 22 yrs.; unm. 

561. IV. Lucy Park,' b. at Preston, Conn., 2 April, 1824; bap- 

tized 5 Sept., 1824; m. at Norwich, Conn., William 
Davis. Res. at Preston, Conn., where she d. 13 April, 
1852, a. 28 yrs. He d. there 26 Aug. 1864, a. 42 
yrs. • Both bur. at Preston Cemetery. No issue. 

562. V. Mary Jane,' b. at Preston, Conn., 8 May, 1829; m, at 

Preston, Conn., in June, 1850, Edwin Smith Burgess. 

She d. at Preston, 13 Oct., 1895. 

Issue: Edwin Lee Burgess, b. 8 May, 1858, m. at 
Westerly, R.I., 29 May, 1881, Mattie V. Lucas. Res, 
Preston, Conn. 

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278. RICHARD" FANNING, b. 1793, (/lid*, Rkhard\ 
Richard^, Thomas^, Edmund^) 

m. at 20 March, 1S19, 

Ann Eliza Smith, 

dau. of 

and b. at 10 Dec, iSoi. 

Richard Fanning was born at Preston, Conn., 23 Dec, 
1793, and settled in Chenango Co., N.Y., vvilh his par- 
ents about 1S02. When he became of age it is .said he 
returned East and married. He was residing in Troy, 
N.Y., in 1826, but in 1S3S his residence was unknown, 
according to a deposition of his brother Jonathan P. W. 

He died at . Buried in Ida Hill Cemetery, 

Troy, N.Y. She died at West Troy, N.Y., in i860. 
Issue : 

563. I. Asa Whitman', b. at Hudson, N.Y., 29 Nov., 1819. 

He never m. He learned the carpenter trade, but in 
1836 went to sea. In 1S43 ^^cnt to California and 
at breaking out of Mexican War was one of 200 
sailors who volunteered to take Monterey, California. 
Built the first wooden house in Stockton, Cal. (for 
Capt. Weber). Later became a produce merchant 
and died at Stockton, Cal., 30 May, 1875. 

564. II. Jerusiia Anna^ b. at Troy, N.Y., 11 April, 1822. m. 

at Troy, N.Y., in April, 1843, Myron Jewel Gilbert, 
a car man'f'r, and res. at Brandon, Vt., where he d. 
27 Aug., 1S61. Issue: Anna Eliza, Albert Myron, 
Howard Fanning, and Clara Antoinette Gilbert. 

Jcnisha m. 2d, at Brandon, Vt., 19 Oct., 1869, 
Arnon Adams Atwood. She d. at West Randolph, 
Vt., 7 July, 1896. 
4-565. III. Howard Malcolm', b. at Troy, N.Y., 3 June, 1826. 

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279. ASA« PANNING, b. 1795, {Asa^, Rkliard\ RicJiard\ 
Thomas\ Edmwtd^) 

m. at Oxford, Chenango Co., N.Y., in 1828. 

Phebe Ann Cole, 
dau. of Samuel and ''Alee'' (Pullman) Cole, 
and b. at Voluntown, Conn., 4 April, 1S13. 

Samuel Cole removed from Connecticut to Chenango 
Co., N.Y., in 1814. 

Asa Fanning, Jr., was bom at Preston, Conn., 29 
July, X795, removed with his parents about 1803 to 
Chenango Co., N.Y., to what is now the town of Preston. 
At the age of eighteen he enlisted as a private in his 
uncle William Palmer's company of volunteers in the War 
of 181 2, and for a short time served at Sackett's Harbor. 

Soon after becoming of age he taught school for some 
time in Seneca Co., N.Y. 

Afterward he learned the trade of a wagon-maker at 
Norwich, N.Y., with kis brother-in-law, George W. Her- 

He removed to Union, Broome Co., N.Y., in 1829, 
after marrying, and resided there until his death, the 7th 
July, 1863. 

Widow died at Sterling, 111., 4 April, 1S90. Buried at 
Union, N.Y. 

+ 566, I. Om.w Erastus', b. at Oxford, Chenango Co., N.Y., 

2 Feb., 1829. 
+567. n. Franklin^ b. at Union, Broome Co., N.Y., 13 July, 
568. ni. Wallace^ b. at Union, Broome Co., N.Y., 30 Sept., 
1835; d. there 25 July, 1852. 

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287. JONATHAN P. W,» FANNING, b. 1812, (/l5(l^ 
Richard*, Richard^, Thomas^, Edmund^) 

m. at Greene, Chenango Co., N.Y., in June, 
1845 or '46, 

Jane Ann Brackett, 
dau. of 
and b. at 

Jonathan P. W. Fannnig was born at Preston, Che- 
nango Co., N.Y., in 181 2, was a farmer, and resided on 
the homestead farm of his father, at Preston, which he 
inherited from him by will in 1838. It was located on 
West Hill, so called, just outside the village. 

He died intestate at Preston, X.Y., 24 March, 1862, 
aged 50 years, and was buried in what is called Ihc 
Lewis Cemetery, one mile east of Preston Centre, N.Y. 

Jane A. Fanning, widow of Jonathan P. \V. Fanning, 
petitioned the Probate Court of Chenango Co., N.Y., 
29 March, 1862, requesting that letters of administration 
be granted to her and to Murray Hall, of the town of 
Preston, on the estate ot her deceased husband. In her 
petition she made affida\dt that she and her daughter 
Frances, a minor child under the age of 21 years, were 
the only heirs at law and next of kin. 

This petition was allowed and letters granted to her 
the same date. 

569. I. Frances^ b. at Preston, Chenango Co., N.Y. Was 
res. at Preston, in 1865; no further record. 

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a88. CRISTAL* FANNING, b. 1814, (Asa\Richard\Rich- 
ard^, Thomas^, Edmund^) 

m. at Smithvillc, Chenango Co., N.Y., 39 Aug., 

Mary Elizabeth Traffordt 
dau. of and Betsey (Marsh) TrafFoidy 

and b. at Litchfield, Conn., in 1813. 

CrisUil Fanning, son of Asa and Jerusha (Brown) Fan- 
ning, was bom at Preston, Chenango Co., N.Y., 14 June, 
1814, on the farm that his father cleared in 1803, it being 
then but a wilderness. 

He was brought up on the farm and finished what 
schooling he had at a select school at Nonvich and the 
De Ruyter Institute. Later on, he learned the carpenter 
trade, and was in turn a farmer, teacher, mechanic, and 
lastly, a merchant. He also held the office of postmaster 
at Ossian, N.Y. 

He resided for many years at Preston, and afterAvards 
at Norwich, N.Y., at the latter place with his niece, Mrs. 
Hannah M. Tiffany. In the last years of his life he 
made his home partly with his niece, Mrs. Tiffany, at 
Norwich, and partly with his daughter, Mrs. Flora A. 
Palmer, at Corning, N.Y. 

His wife died at Ossian Centre, Livingston Co., N.Y., 
28 Feb., 1885. 

He died at Norwich, N.Y., 22 April, 1899, ^^^ ^"^ 
buried beside his mother in Hope Cemetery, Corning, 
N.Y. No issue. 

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293. AMASA STANDJSH"i;*ANNING,l».iSoj,(//i.;/r/, 
Richard^, Richard^, Thomas'^ JidmumO) 

m. at Ncwinglon, Conn., 29 March, 1827, 

Lucinda Sage, 
dau. of George and Harriet (Stocking) Sage, 
and b. at Middletown, Conn., i797- 

George Sage was bom at Middletown, Conn., and died 
in Oct., iSoS. Lucinda Sage has a younger brother, Ros- 
well, who recently resided at Garrettsvillc, Portage Co., 
O. Roswell was brought up by his grandfather, Capt. 
William Sage, of Middletown, Conn., and learned the trade 
of a clothier of his brother George, at Hebron, Conn. 

Amasa Standish Fanning, son of Henry and Lovina 
(Standish) Fimiiip.g, was born at Preston, Conn., 6 Feb., 
1802. He and his wife Lucinda went west soon after 
marriage, and located at Freedom, O. His occupation 
was that of a farmer. 

He died 20 Feb., 1859, being killed by falling from a 
scaffold on top of a barn. Buried at Freedom, O. 

Widow died and was buried at Berrien Springs, Ber- . 
rien Co., Mich., in Aug., 1874, at her brother-in-law's 
Harvey Hawley. 

Issite : 
-f 570. I. NzaviLLE De RosTus^ b. at Freedom, 0.,6 Dec, 1838. 

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295. HENRY J* * FANNING. Ii. i,Sofi, (//i//r/, l<U\uml\ 
Kichard'*, Tliotnux', luimtiml^) 

ni. ist, at Uozniliy Conn., i Jan.» 1S2S, 

Annie Hakes, 
duu. of Eliliu and Annie (Gccr) Iliikcs, 
and b. at Preston, Conn., i May, 1808. 

She d. at Uncasville, Conn., 5 Nov.j 1856, a. 48 yrs. 
Bur. Uncasville. 

He m. 2d, at Chesterfield, Conn., 5 Nov., 1857, 

Hannah Wickwire, 
dau. of Willard and Thcoda (Chappell) Wickwire, • 
and b. at 181 1. 

She d. at Chesterfield, Conn., 16 March, 1883, a. 72 
yrs., and is bur. at Uncasville, Conn. 

Henry J Fanning was born at Bozrah, Conn., 30 July, 
1S06. He resided at Bozrah and at Norwich, Conn., and 
followed farming. 

He (lied at Clicslerfield, Conn., iS Aug., 1S79. ^^"'■' 
at Uncasville. 

Issue by wife Annie: 
+571, I. Ei.iiiu Hakes', b. at Norwich, Conn., 11 March, 1830. 
572. II. Anna Geer^ b. at Preston, Conn., 25 May, 1832; m. 
at Plaintield Town, Conn., 2 July, 1849, JalK'z Curtis 
Gates, son of William and brother of that William 
Gates who m. Jane C. Fanning (No. 300). He was a 
carpenter, b. at Griswold, Conn., 23 Dec, 1828. Res. 
nt New London, where he d. 28 March, 1892. 
I. Annie Francis Gates, b. at Plainfield, Conn., 

2 March, 1851; d. 12 Feb., 1SS6. 
II. Clarence Jabez Gates, b. at New Tendon, 
Conn., 23 Jan., 1855; m. at New Ix)ndon, 13 

• Named Henry Fanning. Upon removing to Nor%4-ich he look a middle 
letter*' J ** to distinguish him from hU cousin thereof the samennmc (No. 277). 

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Sept., iSSi, Carrie Cann. Pie is a carpenter. 
Res. New London, and has issue five ch. 

III. Carrie Helena Gates, b. at New London, 

Conn., 22 Sept., 1861; d. 7 May, 1876. 
573. III. Happy Lavinia', b. at Canterbury, Conn., 28 June, 
1842; m. at Pulmcrtown, Conn., 10 May, i860, Sam- 
uel William Strickland, b. Montvillc, Conn., 3 March, 
1841. A civil engineer and farmer, and res. Montville. 
Issue : 
I. MiNXiE Hakes Strickland, b. at Worcester, 
Mass., 10 Feb., 1861 ; m. at New London, 
Conn., 25 June, 1883, Henry Claude Rich. 
A clothier, and res. at New Haven, Conn. 
Issue, two ch. 
II. Laura White Strickland, b. at Montvillc, 
Conn., 20 "Oec, 1865; m. at New London, 
Conn., 16 June, 18S4, Clayton Berkley Smith, 
an attorney at New London, and graduate 
of Columbia College. Issue, one dau. 
ui. Annie Strickland, b. at East Lyme, Conn., 
27 March, 1867; d. 5 April, 1878. 

IV. Alice Strickland, b. at East Lyme, Conn., 

16 Oct., 1868; d. 2$ June, 1878. 
V. Myra Strickland, b. at East Lyme, Conn., 

10 March, 1871; d. 31 March, 1878. 
VI. Louis Fanning Strickland, b. at Water- 
ford, Conn., I June, 1879. 

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Sixth GiHeratian 373 

(ffefiry*, Riehard\ Riehard\ Thomas\ Edmrnd^) 
m. zst, at Chatham, now East Hampton, Conn., 
29 Aug., 1836, 

Mehitable Peters Gates, 

dau. of Olmsted and Nabba (Young) Gates, who were 

m« 25 Not., 1813, and lived at, and were both of. East 

Hampton, Conn. Mehitable was bom 8 Dec, 1814. 

She d. at Berlin, Conn., 7 Biay, 1842, without issue. 

He m. 3d, at Berlin, Conn., 6 Oct, 1844, 

Charlotte Lee, 
dau. of John and Charlotte (Doir) Lee of Berlin, Conn., 
he the son of James and Luqr (Barnes) Lee, and she 
the dau. of Edmund and Ellen (StOlman) Dorr. 

Charlotte was b. zs Sept, iSii. She d. at Berlin, 
Conn., 2 Sept., 1885. 

He m. 3d, at Portfamd, Conn., 6 Oct, 1886, 

Ann Gates Strong, 
dau. of Olmsted and Nabba (Young) Gatesof East Hamp* 
ton, Conn., and b. 5 Feb., 1817. She was sbter of Mehit- 
able P. Gates, Mr. Fanning's first wife, and widow of 
Daniel Strong of Portland, Conn. 

Benjamin Richard Fanning was bom at Montville 
Conn., IS Sept., i8ia He attended the Bacon Academy 
in Colchester when a young man, where his &ther lived 
at the time. He was a blacksmith, and resided at Berlin, 
Conn., from 1836 to x886. After that at PcMrtknd, Conn., 
where he died 6 Feb., 1892* The widow was livfaig at 
Portland, Conn., in 1896. 

Issue by wife CharioUe: 
574* L Clauhcb Leb', b. at Berlin, Conn., 4 Feb., 1851; 
d. 98 May, 1854. 

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(H«iry\ Itkhard\ Rkhafd\ Thomas*, Edmund^) 
m. at St. Oiarks, Mo., 28 Sqyt., Z838, 

Elizabeth Ann Bagbjr, 
eldest datt. of John M. and Maria (Fowler) Bagby, 
and b. at Cartenvflle, Va^ aj March, x83X. 

Alexander Newton Fanning was bom at Berlin, Conn., 
27 March, 1813. 

He was a blacksmith, and went west in 1832, and 
located at St aiarles,Mo.,with a partner by the name of 
Payne. There he resided for some years, and was mar- 
ried. He removed to Galena, HL, in 1844, And to BeDe- 
vue, Ia.,in March, 2851, where he resided until htt decease. 
He died at Bellevue, la., 33 July, 2852. 
She died at Bdlevue, la., 4 March, 289a. Both buried 

Issue : 
4-575. L John Nswton', b. at St. Charles, Mo., 5 Sept., 2839. 
576. .XL Hzmv Wesion', b. at St Charles, Mo., 22 Fd>., 284s. 
He graduated at Bdkme College, la., in 2860. Was 
in the Civil War in the 5th Iowa Cavah7, Army of 
Tennessee, with Us brother, Amasa; served in the 
same company, and saw the same service as Amasa; 
enlisted at same time and discharged at same time. 
(See fuU account under Amasa Standish Fa2ming,. 

At last acoou2tfs Henry Weston was in Colorado, 
but has not been heard from since 2888, and is sup-^ 
posed to be dead. Was not married when last heard 
+577* m. Amasa Sta29D2S^, b. at Galena, HL, 2 Aug., 2845. 
+578. rv. Asa SxAiomi^, b. at Galena, in., 2 Aug., 2845. 
+579* V- A2XXANDXR Bagbi', b. at Galena, HL, 23 May, 2847. 

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Sixth Generation 375 

{Hmiwy\ Bickofd^ Skhawd\ Tkamas\ Edmumd*) 
m. at Lyme, C01111.1 4 Maich, 1838, 

Sarah Ann Greeiifield« 
dan. of Edwud and Ann (Lay) Greenfield, 
and b. at Lyme, Conii., 13 Aug., x8z9. 

Thaddeus Pdrter' Fanning, 8011 of Hemy and Lofvina 
(Slandish) Fanning, and in tbe sixth geneiation in direct 
Sue from Edmund Fanning, Senior, the Amezican an- 
cestor, was bom at Beriin ^ is supposed), Coul, 15 
Oct^ z8i5. 

In earfy life he learned the trade of a Uacksmith, and 
nas following that occupatioii at Boszah, Conn., at the 
«imi> of his mazziage. He afterward removed to Lyme, 
CoozL, where he resided the remainder of Us Hie, and 
wheze he died Z4 SepL, z863. He was buzied at Lyme. 

He was comnKmfy known by the name of "Porter'* 
Fanning. Nothing further in regard to him can be learned 
from the Conn, records. After his decease Us widow 
removed to Phinfidd, Conn., where she resided the rest 
of her life. She died at Lyzne, Coon., irbik on a Tisit 
there, 5 April, zSgs, and was buzied at Lyme in the 
Cunilf lot No issue. 

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30a. LUTHER* PANNING, b. 1806, (Cltarles^ Richard\ 
Richafd\ Thomas\ Edmund^) 

m. at Perry, N.Y., 27 April, i8a8, 

Maria Caroline Horton, 
dau. of Elihu and Beturah (Roe) Horton, 
and b. at Hartford, Conn., 25 June, 1806. 

Luther Fanning was bom in Chenango Co., N.Y., 16 
March, x8o6, was a cabinet maker, and located in LeRoy, 
Genesee Co., N.Y. From tliere he removed in 1847 ^^ 
Angelica, Allegany Co., N.Y., where he resided until his 
He d. at Angelica, N.Y., 14 June, 1854. Bur. at Angelica. 
Widow d. at Cuba, N.Y., 15 May, 1873. Bur. at Cuba. 
+ 580. L Chaxles Grandson', b. at Perry, N.Y., 10 May, 1899. 
+581. n. William Henry', b. at Perry, N.Y., 25 IJ«c*» ^831. 
583. m. Helen Maria', b. at Avon, N.Y., 22 May, 1838; m. 
at Angelica, N.Y., 3 April, 1863, Henry Theodore 
Merritt, and res. at Cuba, N.Y. 
l Edith Josephine Merritt, b. 4 July, 1863. 
n. Carrie Louise Merritt, b. 29 Aug., 1864. 
m. Bertha Helen Merritt, b. 7 Nov., 1869. 
IV. WnxiAH Henry Merritt, b. 4 Sept., 1872. 

583. IV. George Edwin', b. at Wyoming, Wyoming Co., N.Y., 

10 June, 1842; d. at Angelica, N.Y., 23 March, 1852. 

584. V. Mary Anna', b. at LeRoy, Livingston Co., N.Y., 23 

Feb., 1845; unm., and res. Cuba, N.Y. 

585. VL Sarah Louise', b. at Angelica, N.Y., 6 Nov., 1849; 

m. at Middletown, Orange Co., N.Y., 14 Oct., 1869, 
Foster CRedfield. Res. Middletown. He was a gro- 
cer and afterward fanner. He d. in town of Wall- 
kill, Orange Co., N.Y., 3 Feb., 1873. 
L Charles Ira Redfield, b. at lifiddletown, 
N.Y., 31 Jan., 1873. Physician, Middletown. 

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Sixth Generation 377 

303. CALVIN* FANNING, b. 1807, {phafUs\ Richard^ 
Richard\ Thomas^ Edmund') 

m. at Avon, Livingston Co., N.Y., z Nov., 1827, 

Hannah Matilda Lacey, 
dau. of Sanford and Anna Ruth (Gilbert) Lacey, 
and b. at Manlius, N.Y., 14 April, z8o6. 

Calvin Fanning, son of Charles and Anna Andnis Fan- 
ning, was bom in Chenango County, N. Y., 14 May, 1807. 
He was a fanner, and resided at Perry, N.Y. 

In early life when about aa he kfl^med the cooper's 
trade, but afterwards took to &nning, .which ktter oc- 
cupation he followed until about 50 years of age, when he 
went back to cooperage again, and woriced at that untfl 
his death. Hfa two sons, Charles and Edwin, learned 
the trade of him. He was captain of a Lima, N.Y., com- 
pany in the State Militia. He was not, however, in ser- 
vice m the Rebellion. 

He died at Perry, Wyoming Co., N.Y., 20 Sept., x88o. 

She died at Perry, Wyoming Co., N.Y., 91 M^y, 1891. 

586. L Deuarquis^, b. at Avon, N.Y., 4 Aug., 1S98; d. 13 

July, 1843. 

587. n. Sanvokd^ b. at Avon, N.Y., aS Oct., 1833; d. 16 Oct., 

1862; \mm. 
.4.588. m. Edwin Palmbk^ b. at Avon, N.Y., 18 April, 1835. 
+589. IV. Chailbs ADDISON^ b. at Avon, N.Y., 8 May, 1837. 

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304. JONATHAN* PANNING, b. 1809, (CJUite* 

Xickafd\ Rkkawd\ Thomas^ Edmund^ ' 

c' m. at 90 Ftb^ 1839, 

AbigaU Urctta Lacy, 
and b. at Manlius, N.Y., 19 Juljr, z8z5. 

Jonathan Fanning was bom in Chenango Co., N.Y., 
4 or 91 March, 1809, and was a fanner. 

He went west in tBjdy life, and settled in PIttsfield 
Townshq), Washtenaw Co, WdL^ three mOes^om Ann 
Azbor, irfiere he died X9 May, 1849. 

After Jonathan's death, widow manied 94 ^pril, 1850^ 
Rnfos Caipenter as his seoood wife (cousin of Justns Qii^ 
. penter, see No. 599), and resided at Ann AzImt and Hb^ 
boRH Mich,, where she died X9 Fd^, z87a AbigsQ had 
issue hy Rufiis Carpenter, Lm L. Carpenter, bom z 7 Nov^ 
Z85Z, residing at Tzcj, MldL, and Aima Maria Carpen* 
ter, bom $1 Dec, z854. 

S90. z. (Chikl)^ d. young. 
59Z. ZL (Chikl)^ d. young. 

599. ZZL JuxiA WzLBim', town of Pittsfield, Washtenaw Co., 
Midi., z May, Z844 ; m. at Ann Aibor, Midi., 30 Dec, 
Z865, James Pradden Carpenter, -son of Justns and 
Wealthy (Ptams) Carpenter. He was a soldier in 
the Union Amy at time of m. la a ah^pper of Bva 
sto^ at Royalton, Minn. Res. Ann Azbor, DidMm, 
Midi., and near Sank Rapids, Minn. She d. in tofwn* 
ship of Bockman,MoCTison Cft.,Minn., z; June^zSjs. 
Bur.- Rice, Minn.- 

Iss9t€f iam ai A$m Afhar^ Mkh^ 
z. R08WXLL Lmoour CABnENisi,b.8Se|)t.,z8A7k 
iz. John WzLma C AiFm i aa , b. zz Feb., Z869. 
zn.EiHSLWVNMAYCAiPXiinK,b.3oMar.^z897. >.| 


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Sixth Generation 379 

305, PALMER* FANNING, l». iSio, {Churhs\ Kulutrd\ \ 
Kiihanl^f Thomas'^ ^ Emdiiml^) 

111. ul Swtxlcn, Monroe Co., N.Y., 29 Nov., 1843, 

Clarissa Ann Converse, 
clau. of Manning and Mchitablo (Cook) Converse, 
and b. at liridgcwatcr, N.Y., 8 Aug., 1822. . I 

Palmer Fanning, son of Charles and Anna (Andrus) i 
FanTung, and sixlli in descent from Edmund Fanning, ] 
Senior, the Amcriain ancestor, was born at Preston, 
Chenango Co., N.Y., 28 Nov., 1810, and followed farm- 
ing all his life. He removed from New York State in the 
year 1853 and located in the township of Newton, Cal- \ 
houn Co., Mich. (Post Office, Ceresco), where he resided i 
until his decease, 27 Feb., 1896. 

Widow died at Newton, iS Feb., 1899. Both buried in 
Newton Ccmcter)'. 

+593. I. AsA^ b. at Sweden, Monroe Co., N.Y., 11 Sept., 1844. 

594. u. Alzina^ b. at Sweden, Monroe Co., N.Y.,14 Aug.,z846; 

d. 27 Feb., 1849. 

595. ni. Fernando^ b. at Newton, Calhoun Co., Mich., 16 Oct., 

1855; d. 12 Dec, 1885; unm. 

596. IV. SiLAS^ b. at Newton, Calhoun Co., Mich., 10 May, 1837 ; 

d. 8 Nov,, 1859. 

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380 History of the Fanning Family 

307. SILAS* FANNING, b. 1S14, {Charles'", Richard*, 
Richard\ Tkoims\ Edmund^) 

m. at Avon, N.Y., 14 Aug., 1837 or 1838, 

Charlotte Bridges, 
dau. of Samuel and Mary (Bovcl) Bridges, 
and b. at Geneseo, Livingston Go., N.Y., 23 May, 1822. 

Silas Fanning was born in Chenango Co., N.Y., 22 
Oct., 1S14, was a farmer and resided in the vicinity of 
Avon, Livingston Co:, N.Y., until 1S68. He then .settled 
at Bangor, Van Burcn Co., Mich., where he resided until 
his decease 21 Jan., or 17 Feb., 1892. Widow then re- 
moved to Geneseo, N.Y., and resided with her daughter, 
Mrs. Mary Matthews. 

+ 597. I. James Edward^, b. at Avon, Livingston Co., N.Y., 
IS Sept., 1839. 
59S. II. Mary', b. at Avon, N.Y., 3 Jan., 1841; m. at Avon 
28 Dec, 1864, Ezra Matthews, b. at A\ >n, 11 Oct., 
1832. Both living in 1896 at Geneseo, Livingston 
Co., X.Y. He is a farmer. Her mother, Mrs. Silas 
Fanning, resides with her. 
-f 599. HI. Henry Luther', b. at Avon, N.Y., 29 March, 1843. 
600. IV. Samuel', h. at .\von, N.Y., 23 June, 1845 ; d. 23 March, 
+601. V. WiLUA^ki', b. at Avon, N.Y., 26 Aug., 1848. 
602. VI. Calvin', b. at Avon, N.Y., i Oct., 1851 ; d. 26 March, 
+603. VII. George Albert', b. at Caledonia, Livingston Co., 

N.Y., 9 Oct., 1S56. 
+604. VIII. Charles', b. at West Avon, N.Y., 13 March, 1861. 

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310. MILO« FANNING, b. about 1790, {John}, Jwnes\ 
Richard^, Thomas\ Edmund^) 
m. at 

dau. of 
and b. at 

Milo Fanning, son of John Williams and Joanna 
(Nichok) Fanning, and grandson of James and Sarah 
(Gilict) Fanning, was born at Canaan, Conn., about 1790. 

Very Kttlc if any record of him can be found in Con- 
necticut or ekewhcre, or the date of his marriage, or to 
whom. It is said by members of the family that he 
married, but separated from his wife, and went to Texas. 
Other relatives state that he went west years ago, leaving 
his family, and has not been heard from since. 

Whether he left issue or not cannot be learned. 

It is said there is a gravestone at Westfield, Mass., 
with the inscription Milo on it, but research does not 
confirm this statement. In the absence, therefore, of 
any knowledge received from the relatives of his family 
tkit he had children, it is surmised that he left no issue. 

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382 History of the Fanning Family 







ERASTUS- FANNING. 1». 17c;.*, (./«///i*, Jimes\ 
Richard^, Thomas '^ Edmund^) 

m. at Canaan, Lilchfield Co., Conn., 8 Nov., 1818. 

Emeline Beebe, 
dau. of Solomon and ( ) Bccbc, 

and b. at Canaan, Conn., i Aug., 1799. 

Erastiis Fanning was born at Canaan, Conn., 24 Oct., 
1792, and was a tanner, currier, and shoemaker, and re- 
sided at Canaan. It is s:iid he was in the Stale Militia. 
He d. at New Hartford, Conn., 13 Jan., 1864. 
Widow died at New Hartford, Conn., 9 May, 1SS4. 
Both bur. New Hartford. 
I. Mar^, b. at North Canaan, Conn., 17 Nov., 
1819; Canaan, 18 Sept., 1842, Gideon Truman 
Wheeler. Res. N ;w Hartford, Conn., where she d. 
7 April, 1856. Issue, 8 ch., six d. in infancy : 
I. John Edwards Wheeler, b. 28 Oct., 1S43; 
m. Mary J. White. Res. Warren, Pa. Was 
in Civil War, 1861 to 1865, and had long 
and honorable service. 
II. Helen Mar Wheeler, b. 7 April, 1856; m. 
Austin Skinner, res. So. Manchester, Conn. 
II. Caroline Elizabeth^ b. at Canaan, Conn., 17 May, 
1821; Barrington, Mass., 2 May, 1841, Thomas 
Austin Sedgwick , a mechanic. She d. at Barring- 
ton, 27 May,i844. He d. Bennington,N.Y. No issue. 
III. Ceua a.', b. at Canaan, Conn., 2 Sept., '23; d. y'u'g. 
, IV. James Alonzo^, b. at Canaan, Conn., 9 June, 1825. 
V. Grove^, b. at Canaan, Conn., 29 Oct., 1828. 
VI. Oscar Fitch', b. at Canaan, Conn., 2 Feb., 1832; 

d. at New Hartford, Conn., 15 April, 1848; unm. 
VII. Lucius Mortimer', Barrington, Mass., 29 Sept., 

VIII. George Beebe', b. at Barrington, Mass., 31 Jan., 

1841; d. at New Hartford, Conn., 14 Sept., 1848. 

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Sixth Generation 383 

3x4. HIRAM* FANNING, b. 180/1, {John^, James*, 

Rk/Mfd*, Tlumuis^f Edmund^) 
m. zsty at 

Mary Lyons, 
dau. of 
and b. at 
She d. at 
He m. ady at 

Prances Knickerbockert 
dau. of 
and b. at 

Hinun Fanning, smi of John Williams and Joanna 
(Nichols) Fanning, was born at Sheffield, Mass., in May, 
1804. He was a shoemaker by trade, and resided in 
Salisbury, Conn. 

He died at his nephew's John Asaph Fanning (No. 
613) in Winchester, Conn., 24 Dec., 1888. Buried in 

The date of decease of Frances Knickerbocker Fan- 
ning is unobtainable, but it is supposed she died previous 
to her husband. No issue is found recorded. 

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3x5. JOHN JAMES* FANNING, b. 1810, (/oA«», Jam€s\ 
Ricliari}, Thomas\ Edmund^) 

m. at New Hartford, Conn., 20 Jan., 1834, 

Rachel Brooks, 
dau. of Asaph Biidsall and Abigail (Hatch) Brooks, 
and b. at Winchester, Conn., 9 Sept., 18x3. 

J(rim James Fanning was bom at Sheffield, Mass., 7 
May, x8xo; was a fanner and resided at Winchester, 
Conn., where he died, and was buried 29 Sept., 1878. 
She died at Winchester, Conn., 20 Feb., 1874. 
6x3. L Frances^ b. at Winchester, Conn., 29 Oct, 1834; m. 
at Winchester, Conn., in Fall of i860, Charles New- 
ton of New Milford, Conn. She died chikiless 4 Aug., 
+614. II. John Asaph', b. at Winchester, Conn., 10 March, X839. 

615. HL Henky', b. at Winchester, Conn., 2 Jan., 1846. He 

never m. Res. at Canaan, ConxL, with his sister. 

616. IV. Hamuet Janette^ b. at Winchester, Conn., 20 July, 

1849; m. at Winchester, 20 May, 1875, Albert Alonsso 
Hubbard, b. at Sandisfield. Mass., 2x Oct., X849. ^^ 
is a raikoad employee, and res. at Canaan, Conn. 
Was Representative m the Conn. Legislature from 
Canaan in 1893. 

L John Fanning Hxtbbasd, b. at Canaan, Conn., 
23 July, 1883. 

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Sixth Generation 385 

316. EDWARD* FANNING. b. 1812, (John\James\ Rich- 
ard\ Thonias\ Edmund^) 
m. 1st. at 

Mary Dean. 
dau. of 
and b. at 

She d. at Sheffield. Mass., in 1842 at birth of her son 
Edward, who afterward gave his h'fc for his country. 
He m. 2d. at Sandisfield. Mass.. 8 March. 1834. 

Mary Elvira Shepard. 
dau. of John and Lucy (Phelps) Shepard. 
and b. at Russell. Hampden Co.. Mass.. 31 Dec.. 1832. 

Edward Fanning was bom at Salisbury. Litch&cld Co.. 
Conn., 1$ May, 1812, and was a farmer. WTien of age, 
he removed to New York State, where he married, and 
afterward resided in Sheffield. Mass. After his second 
marriage, he -lived at Sandisfield, Mass., Monterey, Otis, 
Becket, Blandford, and Westfieki. 

Edward Fanning was blind about five years. His eye 
was injured, and was removed to save the sight of the 
other eye. but without success. 

He died intestate at Wcstfield. Mass.. 28 Aug., 1S94. 
His, son Burton Phelps, was appointed administrator of 
his estate by the Probate Court at Springfiekl, 3 Oct., 
1S94. Widow resides at North Blandford, Mass (1904). 
Issue by wije Mary : 
617. I. Edward MILO^ b. at 1842. Was in the 

Civil War. He enlisted as private in Company C. 8th 
Regiment. Conn. Volunteers. He had typhoid fever, 
and before fully recovered, against his doctor's ad- 
vice, marched with his regiment, and was taken with 
rekipse, and d. in hospital of diphtheria; unm. 
+618. n. BuKTON PHELPS^ Sandisfield, Mass., 3 June, 1855. 
619. III. Marshall Duett^ b. at Monterey, Afass., 18 Dec. 
1856; d. in July, 1S58. 

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{Orawef^, James\ Richard^ ^ Thomas^, Edmund^) 
m. at Aurora, Cayuga Co., N.Y., 4 Feb., 1818, 

Lucy Geer Kimball^ 
dau. of Chester and Lucy (Satterlec) Kimball, 
and b. at Preston, Conn., 25 Aug., 1791. 

Chester Griswold Fanning was born at Pittsficld, Mass., 
30 June, 1794. He was in the War of 181 2, and one of 
the volunteers who marched from Pittsficld to Boston in 
1S14. After the war, rem. to Buffalo, N.Y., and also 
res. in Owasco, Aurora, Scipio, and Venice, N.Y., and 
while there was appointed keeper of Auburn State Prison 
about 1824. In 1844 secured the contract of the Prison 
Cooper Shop/ at expiration of which he went into tho 
cooper business on his own account at Camillus, N.Y. 
The last year of his life.he resided with his son, Gurdon, 
at Auburn, N.Y., where he died 20 April, 1877, his wife 
dying previously at Auburn, 15 July, 1869. Buried Fort 
Hill Cemetery, Auburn. 

+620. I. EusHA Kimball", b. at Scipio, N.Y., 19 June, 1S19. 
+621. II. CiLVRLES Oramel\ b. at Scipio, N.Y., 30 Oct., 1821. 
622. m. Lucy Eliz.\^ b. at Venice, N.Y., 17 Nov., 1823; m. 
at Hartford, Conn., 15 July, 1846, George Skinner, 
a railroad superintendent, b. at Manchester, Conn., 
20 May, 1825. He d. at Rome, Ga., i Oct., 1889. 
Wid. res. Auburn, N.Y, Issue, Mary Eliza Skin- 
ner, b. 23 July, 1849. 
+623. IV. George Washixcton^, b. at Jerusalem, Yates Co., 

N.Y., 29 March, 1826. 
+624. V. James McKxiGHT', Auburn,N.Y., 21 Dec., 1S28. 
625. VI. Sarah Henrietta^ b. at Auburn, N.Y., 5 July, 183 1. 
d. at Auburn, 2 Jan., i886; unm. 
+ 626. v\i. Chester Frederick', b. at Auburn, N.Y., 20 May, 

+ 627. \iii GuRDOKSATTERLEE^b. at Auburn, N.Y., 6 Feb., 1838. 

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Sixth Generation 387 

319. FREDERICK* FANNING, h. 1796, (On/w/c/*,/ii;w«\ 
Nil hardly 'J'ltoirji^, lidmiind^) 
m. al New York, N.Y'., 

dau. of 
and b. at 

Frederick Fani'ir.-iT, son of Onimcl and Sylvia (Crofoot) 
Fanning, was ben at rillsfield, Mass., 13 June, 1796. 

lie scltletl 111 Xc'A York City, and married there, it is 
said, into one of the old Dutch families, and raised a fam- 
ily of children who have been lost track of. 

A Frederick, probably the above, is found in 
the New Y'ork C::y " Directory" for the years 1826, 1827, 
182S, and 1829, vi in accountant at No. 515 Broome St. 
and No. 67 Grter:e St. The names Frederick and 
Frederick H. FL-ming appear also in later years in the 
"Directory," 1855 :j i860, but there h no proof that 
they were iden:::at witli the above Frederick Fanning 
(No. 319). The Jrederick H. Fanning referred to was 
probably Frederick Hazen Fanning, No. 399, son of Amos 
and (Ki^en) Fanning. (See data under No. 


He died, it is sJ.i, while on a sea voyage for his health, 
off the coast of Newfoundland. There seems to be no 
record of his chiliren, if he luid issue, or if there is, it is 
unolitainable at the pan»ent lime. 

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321. CHARLES ORAMEL* FANNING, b. 1800, {Or- 
amel^, James\ Richard^, Thomas\ Edmuftd^) 

m. at Windsor, Berkshire Co.,Mass.,i8 March, 1824, 

Fidelia Holbrook, 
dau. of Gen. Amos and ( ) Holbrook, 

and b. at Windsor, Mass., 4 Dec, 1803. 

Charles Oramcl Fanning was born at Pittsfield, Mass., 
18 Nov., iSoo.* He was a tanner, ship-owner, and lum- 
ber dealer, and resided at Amherst and Bangor, Me., and 
Cottage Grove, Minn. 
She died at Cottage Grove, Minn., 18 Dec, 1878. 
He died at Cottage Grove, Minn., 4 Sept., 1888. 
Issue : 
I. Mary Elizabeth", b. at Pittsfield, Mass., 18 June, 1826; 
m. at Amherst, Me., in 1855, Rev. Edwin Hart, a 
Congregational minister. Res. Merrimac, N.H., and 
Cottage Grove, Minn. No issue. 
II. Fidelia Holbrook^ b. at Amherst, Me., 23 June, 
1S34; m. at Amherst, 13 April, 1853, Gen. Samuel 
Harriman; he was a lumberman. Res. Wisconsin. 
Was in the 37th Wis. Regt., and Brigadier-General 
in the Army of the Potomac, Civil War. 
She d. at Cottage Grove, Minn., 19 Dec, 1889. 
He d. at Hot Springs, Ark., 28 Aug., 1897. 

I. Charles Fanning Harriman, b. at Bangor, 

Me., 10 Sept., 1855; d. 15 Nov., 1863. 
II. Mary Frances Harriman, b. at Somerset, 
Wis., 8 May, 1863; m. at Cottage Grove, 
Minn., 26 June, 1889, Cordenio Arnold Sev- 
erance, a lawyer. Res. St. Paul, Minn., and 
had issue one child, Alexandra, who d. inf'c'y. 
+ 630. III. Charles EDWIN^ Sand Bank,N.Y., 12 July,i835. 



* From Family Bible. Pittsfield Records read, •♦ 24 Nov., iSoo." 

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322. ALBERT GALLATIN* FANNING, b. 1803, (Ow- 
we/*, James*, Richard^, Thomas*^ Edmund^) 
m. xst, at 

clau. of 
and b. at 
She d. at 
He m. 2d, at 

daii. of 
and b. at 
She d. at 
He m. 3d, at Grafton or Elyria, O., 

Hannah , 

dau. of 
and b. at 

Albert Gallatin Fanning, son of Capt. Oramel and 
Sylvia (Crofoot) Fanning, was born at Pittsfield, Mass., 
8 March, 1S03.* 

He was a tinsmith by trade, and settled in Grafton, O., 
where he had a shop, and where his mother, who had 
married David Ashley, resided also. 

He died at Grafton, O., about 1858 or 1S60. 

Between i860 and 1862, the widow married Hcnrj' 
Rickert, and moved to Liverpool, O. 
Issue {ofte child only): 
631. I. Theodore^ b. at ; d. soon after 1858 or i860. 

* On 2 Feb., 1S19, Uriah Judd, Jr., of Lenox, Mass., was appointed 
** guardian of Albert G. Fanning, over 14 years of age, son of Capt. Oramel 

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390 History of the Farming Family 

323. JAMES GATLIFF* FANNING, b. uSo6, {Onmd\ 
James*y Richard^, Thomas^, lulmnnd^) 

in. at New Orleans, La., 25 July, 1849, 

Elizabeth Bell Clark, 
dau. of and Janet (Bell) Clark, 

and b. at Edinburgh, Scotland, 22 Feb., 1828. 

James CallilT Fanning, was born at PillsrieUl, Mass., 
31 Jan., 1806. Early in life he went to New Orleans to 
live, and married Elizabeth Bell Clark, from Edinburgh, 
Scotland. There he was editor of the "Louisiana 
Statesman." He resided in New Orleans thirty years, 
and then settled in Texas, where he lived thirty yciirs, 
and followed farming. 

She died at Rancho, Texas, 20 Sept., 1866. 

He died at Rancho, Texas, 16 June, 18S6. 
Issue : 

632. I. HzxRiETT.^^, b. at New Orleans, La., 23 Feb., 1851; 

d. 2 June, 1S51. 

633. II. Jessie GiLiroaE^, b. at New Orleans, La., i Nov., 

1852; d. 31 Aug., 1855. 

634. III. Elizabeth Warren^ b. at New Orleans, La., about 

1854. Res. at St. Paul, Minn., where she is a 
teacher of the piano; unm. 

635. IV. Sylma Bell', b. at New Orleans, La., 29 Feb., 1856; 

d. 16 March, 1856. 

636. V. James GATLIFF^ b. at Rancho, Te.vas, 24 Feb., 1857; 

d. 10 March, 1837. 

637. VI. Frederick Charles', b. at Rancho, Texas, 14 Aug., 

1858; d. 10 Jan., 1870. 

638. vii. Mary Gilmore', b. at Rancho, Texas, about i860. 

Res. at St. Paul, Minn., and is a teacher in the 
High School; unm. 

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39 » 

327. JOSHUA' FANNING, b. 1774, {Wnlttr^, ThoHMs*, 
John*, John*, Edmund*) 

m. ist. 


duu. of 

and b. at 

She d. at 

He 111. 




about 1840, 
Mrs. Anna Allen Howland, 
dau. of 
and b. at 
and widow of Thomas Howland. 

She d. at West Seneca, N.Y., at her son Weston How- 
land's, or in Ohio, at her dau.'s, in 1861, a. 
over 90. 

Joshua Fanning, son of Walter and Grace (Benjamin) 
Fanning, .was bom at Preston, Conn., 13 Aug., 1774. 
He removed with his parents to New York State after 
the Revolutionary War. 

He was of Norwich, Chenango Co., N.Y., in 1804, and 
1808, and of Collins, Erie Co., N.Y., in 1847 (wife Ann), 
and lived near the place now called Lawton's Station, 
He removed to Ohio previous to 1850, and, it is said, 
died at Buffalo, N.Y. 

Issue by Tracy marriage : 

639. I. (Daughter'.) 

640. II. (Daughter'.) 

641. III. (Daughter^) 

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392 History of the Fa?ining Family 

328. BENJAMIN* FANNING, b. 1776, {Walter^ Thomas', 
John^, John^, Edmund^) 

m. ist, at about 1801, 

' Christina Dies, 
dau. of Alathew and Eve (Van Loan) Dies, 
and b. at Bristol, Schoharie Co., N.Y., i Sept., 1784. 

She d. at Broome, N.Y., (now Gilboa), 10 Aug., 1816. 
Bur. Gilboa. 

He m. 2d, at Slrykcrsville, N.Y., 

Mrs. Mary Simmons Rickerson, 
dau. of 

and formerly wife of Guillcrmo Rickerson, 
and b. at 31 May, 1773. 

She d. at 29 Sept., 1837. Bur. Gilboa, N.Y. 

He m. 3d, at in May, 1838, 

Agnes Maria Albert!, 
dau. of 
and b. at 7 July, 1792. 

Benjamin Fanning was bom at Preston, Conn., 30 
Aug., 1776, and removed with his parents soon after the 
Revolutionary War to New York State. He resided in 
Gilboa, Schoharie Co., N.Y., where his occupation was 
that of milling. The town was originally Bristol, and re- 
named Broome about iSio, and later Gilboa. 

He died at Conesville, N.Y., 28 Dec, 1841, aged 65 
years, 3 months, 29 days. Buried at Gilboa. 

She d. at 10 Dec., 1878. Bur. at Manor Kill, 

Schoharie Co., N.Y. 

Issue : 
642. 1. Julia Ann\ b. at Bristol, N.Y., 30 June, 1803; m. at 

Broome, N.Y., in 1823, Miles Eggleston. 
She d. childless, at Broome, N.Y., 5 March, 1827, 

a. 23 yrs. He d. at Jcffci-son, Schoharie Co., N.Y., 

about 1884. 

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Sixth GemraHan 393 

643. iL IIauuet', b. at Bristol, N.Y., 22 Nov., 1805; m. at 
ConesviUe, N.Y., x6 Oct, 1822, Peter H. Richtmyer, 
b. ConesviUe, xo Aug., 1797. Was a miller, tanner, 
and farmer, and d. at Gilboa, N.Y., 33 April, 1893. 
Wid. d. 9 Sept, 1894. 

Issue ham at ConesvUIe^ N.Y. : 
L BENjAimi F. RiCBncYZR, b. 17 Jan., 1824; m. 

Selina Vanater. Res. Jackson, Cat 
n. EuzA Jane Ricbiicyzr, b. and d. $ Mar., 1826. 
IXL John D. Ricrtmyes, b. 8 May, 1827; d. New 

York Gty, 27 May, 1865. 
zv. Stephen T. RiCHiifYER, b. 17 May, 1829. 

Res. Perris, San Diego Co., CaL 
V. Mart Ann RiCHncYEt, b. 30 Aug., 1831; d. 

18 March, 1832. 
VI. Nelson RiCHiifYEE, b. x6 Feb., 1833; d. 7 

Oct, 1835. 
vn. Nelson H. RiCHncYEt, b. 3 June, X83S; m. 

Navini Bi. Case. Res. Coxsackie, N.Y. 
vm. Peibr W. RiCHiiCYEt, b. zz Nov., 1838; nu 
Jemima Grand. Res. Gilboa, N.Y. 
IX. Mahy C. Rigbtkyxr, b. 27 June, 1841; m. 

Adelbert Gaylord. She d. x Oct., i888. 
X. Eliza Jane RiCHncyEi, b. 15 July, 1843; °^* 
Albert Sklney Thomas. She d. 28 May, 1877. 
XL RxvnxEW RjCBXicysR, b. zi Oct, 1845; m. 

Veniola Wmis. Res. Gilboa, N.Y. 
XII. Haseist RiCBXinrxE, b. 9 May« 1848; nu 

Woodford Gaylord. Res. Gilboa, N.Y. 
xm. JxjUA RiCBXinrxE, b. 24 Nov., 1849; °^ ^* 
ward Brand. Res. GOboa, N. Y. 
+644* m. Nel&)N^ b. at Bristol, N.Y., 14 Feb., 1808. 
645. IV. EuzA Janb^ b. at Broome, N.Y., 2 Aug., 1810; d. 8 
Sept., x8i2. • 

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394 History of the Fanning Family 

sag. THOMAS* FANNING, b. 1778, (IFattif\ Thmiin\ 

— ^— Bottsfeidt 
dan. of 

Thomas Faaniiig was bom at Freslon, Coon., 6 Sept, ; 
1778, and lanoved with his parents whsn a Toong man 
to New YoriL State, and lived at Blenhrim, Sdiohaik 
Coon^, in that pait which was in hter feais lenamad 
Gilboa. Smnrttnif after z8zs he disappeared, and it is 
not known wliat became of him. Thoofl^ to ha^e been 

646. L Cathabiiii?, b. at Blenheim, Schohazie Co^ N.Y., 6 
Aug., 1806; m. at Gilboa, N.Y., 4 Nov., 1897, Benja- 
min Davis, son of Benjamin and Susannah ffiina 
(CoggeshaH) Davis, b. at Wicfcfocd, RX, 8 Jaa^ z8os'; 
a mcrdiant. Res. Providence, RX, where he d. zo 
Nov., z868. Wid. d. there z July, Z873. 

/xn», six Gilbaa, N.Y.; 
ikne eh. ai Premdemu^ RJ. 
L Naihah SmxH Kxxn Davzs, b. zz Marcht 
Z8S9; m. Annie Elia Case. Mezdiantf 
Providcnoe,RX Sergeant Ca*E,zoth Reg. 
RJ. Vols., z86s, hi Civil War. Issue: Waller 
.. Ellwood and Arthur WelHngton Davis, 
zz. Damzzl Bates Davzs, b. Z4 Sept, Z83Z; m. 
AbUe PedL Mardn of Wazxen, RX; was a 
jeweller. Res. Providence, RX, where he 
d. sz June, Z898. Issue, one dan., deceased, 
zn. Caxhabzhx Fanmzno Davzs, b. 6 Dec, Z833; 
m. Rev. ^mniam Henrj Shedd, a Baptirt; 
mhikter. Res. Nordi Oxford and Wahham,^ 
Mass., and Providence, RX Issue, Ihzee ck. 

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Sixth Generation 395 

IV. Ki.i/Aiii-rrii Rkai) Davis, 1). 15 July, iSjfr.m. 

lion. Fnincis VViiyluiid Miner, an atl'y-at- 
law, Providence, K.I. Ifc was on Gov.'s 
stiifT, Civil War, Rep. General Assembly of 
R.I., 12 years, and speaker of House, 1862. 
Issue, five ch. : Susan Miner, Francis Way- 
land Miner, and three who d. young. 

V. Son b. and d. same day. 

VI. Susan Himes Davis, b. 4 Jan., 1S40; m. Rev. 
Granville Sharpe Abbott, D.D., a Baptist 
minister. Res. Oakland, Gal., where he d. 
22 Nov., 1897. Issue, three ch.: Granville 
Davis Abbott, a railroad supt., res. Palisade, 
Ncv.; Carl Hcwes Abbott, an alt'y-at-law, 
San Francisco, Cal., and Philip Fanning 
Abbott, a physician, at San Francisco, Cal. 
\Ti. James S.abin Davis, b. 17 May, 1842; m. 
Harriet Porter of RutLind, Vt. Res. Prov- 
idence, R,I. Issue, two ch.: .-Mice Lockwood 
and Katharine Maud Davis, both m. and 
res. in Providence, 
vm. Mark Benjamin Davis, b. 10 Sept., 1844; m. 
Mary Louise Church of Passaic, N.J. Res. 
New York City. 
IX. Abby Irene Davis, b. 16 Jan., 1S47; d. 17 
Feb., 1851. 
+647. II. Charles^ b. at Blenheim, Schoharie Co., N.Y., 7 Dec, 

+648. ui. BoTTSFORD^, b. at Blenheim, Schoharie Co., N.Y. (after 
May, 1809). 
649. IV. Maria', b. at . She m., it is said, and was 

res. in New York City at last accounts. No record. 
-f-650. V. Asa', b. at Esp)erance, Schoharie Co., N.Y., 28 Jan., 

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332, JOHN* FANNING, b. 1783, {Walter^ Thonias\ Jokn\ 
John^, Edmund^) 

m. at Gilboa, N.Y., 25 Oct., 1810, 

Experience Hall, 
dau. of 

and b. in Schoharie Co., N.Y., 29 Feb., 1790 [some de- 
scendants claim she was b. 9 Feb., 17S3]. 

John Fanning was born at Preston, Conn., 1 Aug., 1783* 
and removed with his parents in his youth to Blenheim, 
Schoharie Co., N.Y. He was a farmer and shoemaker, 
and lived near Schoharie Village in the north part of 
Schoharie County. 
He d. at Schoharie, N.Y., 14 Feb., 1862. 
She d. at Schoharie, X.Y., 7 April, 1880. 
Issue : 
631. I. ANTOINETTE^ b. at Schoharic, N.Y., 25 June, 1812; m. 
'1st, at Schoharie, 19 June, 1843, William Patrick, a 
farmer. Res. Delavan, Wis., where he d. 7 Aug., 
1855. Wid. m. 2d, Ira Potter, but without issue. SIic 
d. near Delavan, 9 Aug., 1896. 

Issue by Patrick marriage, b. at Schoharie, N.Y.: 
Levi, Wealthy A., Mary Esther, and John Fanning 
4-652. n. IForace', b. at Schoharie, N.Y., 29 May, 1815. 

653. III. ELiZAnF:Tii^ b. at Schoharie, N.Y., 26 Nov., 1818; m. 

at Troy, N.Y., 17 April, 1852, Abram Fowler, a 
farmer. Res. Brunswick, N.Y., and Pownal Center, 
Vt. She Is deceased. Issue, Lovina Fanning Fowler, b. 
15 April, 1855. 

654. IV. Phoebe', b. at Schoharie, N.Y., 12 Sept., 1820;* m. 

at Schoharic, N.Y., 26 May, 1839, Joseph F. Ketch- 
um, a carpenter. He d. at Harpersville, N.Y., 12 
Dec, 1886. Widow res. at Coventry villc, N.Y. 

This is according to the old family Bible. She says 12 Dec., 1S19. 

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V. Wealthy Anm', b. at Schoharie, N.Y., 16 Oct., 1822;* 

m. at Gilboa, N.Y., 26 Sept., 1846, William G. Lau* 
dcr, a blacksmith, and res. at Winficld, la., where 
he d. 30 June, x8S6. Wid. d. in Aug., 1896. Issue, 
Herman J. and John W. Lauder. 

VI. Edwin^ b. at Schoharie, N.Y., 5 Aug., 1824. 

vn. Nancy', b. at Schoharie, N.Y., 25 Aug., 1826; ra. at 
Schoharie, N.Y., 4 June, 1848, David Lawyer, a wagon 
maker. Res. at Schoharie, where she d. 15 Aug., 
1869. He d. 19 June, 1896. Issue: Experience Fan- 
ning, Christopher John, Elizabeth, Mary E.,Christina, 
Lavma, and Emma C. Lawyer. 

VIII. ALinRA^ b. at Schoharie, N.Y., 29 Oct., 1829; m. at 
Schoharie, N.Y., al)out i860, Charles Moisture, a 
farmer, and res. at Seward, N.Y., where she d. in 
Sept., 1896. Issue: David, Benjamin, Ralph, Ells- 
worth, and John Moisture. 
IX. Lavina", b. at Schoharie, N.Y., 22 Feb., 1832; m. at 
Schoharie, N.Y., 12 Dec, 1855, William A. Dietz, a 
farmer, b. at Schoharie, N.Y., 14 Nov., 1818, where 
they res. and where he d. i Sept., 1S64. Wid. was 
living in 1897. Issue: William Henry, John Fanning, 
Elizabeth, Delilah, and Isaac Dietz. 
X. Benjamin^ b. at Schoharie, N.Y., 5 Feb., 1833. 
XI. AuREUA^, b. at Schoharie, N.Y., 16 Sept., 1834; m. 
at Troy, N.Y., in 1864, William Trcddlemycr, a 
farmer, b. at Seward, N.Y., where ihcy res., and 
where he d. about 1S71.' Only cii. Lillie, who m. 
her cousin, Ralph Moisture. 

xn. LiDA Ann', b. at Scholiarie, N.Y., 4 July, 1839; m. at 
Schoharie, N.Y., 10 Nov., 1857, William Getter, a 
farmer, and res. at Central Bridge, N.Y., where he 
d. 20 Feb., 1893. Issue: William, Anna, and Frank. 

• This is according to the o!d family Bible. Slie says 16 Nov., iSzj. 

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398 History of the Fanning Family 

Thomas^, John^, Johpr, Edmund^) 

ni. at Cape Vincent, N.Y., in March, 181 1, 

Hannah Davis, 
<lau. of Richunl and (Mabcc) Davis, 

and b. at Wolf Island, Onlaiio, Canada, 26 April, 1789. 

I'Yodorick I'anninj^ was born at Preston, Conn., 22 
March, 1788. Wlicn a child his parents removed from 
Connecticut, and located in Blenheim, Schoharie Co.,N. Y., 
from whence when he grew up he removed to Kingston, 
Canada, and then located on Wolf Island, opposite King- 
ston; that was before the War of 1812. He resided there 
during the war, drawing lumber and farming. He then 
removed to the Township of Sidney, District of Hastings, 
purchasing a farm of 325 acres, and built and carried on 
a tannery for many years. He also ran a Durham boat 
from Belleville to Montreal. 

He d. in the Township of Sidney, District of Hastings 
(near Belleville), Ontario, Canada, 12 April, 1854, a. 66 
yrs. 20 ds. Bur. in Sidney. 

Wid. d. at Chcbanse, III., 22 April, 1874. Bur. in 
Evergreen Cemetery, Chebansc. 
Issue : 
+663. I. Hexry^ b. at Wolf Island, Ont., Canada, 14 Feb., 


+664. n. George^, b. at Wolf Island, Ont., Canada, 10 Oct., 
66$. III. Charles^, b. at W^olf Island, Ont., Canada, a Feb., 

i8i7;d. II Nov., 1825. 
666. IV. James^, b. at Wolf Island, Ont., Canada, 2 Feb., 18 1 7 ; 
d. 8 Oct., 1820. 
+ 667. V. John Benjamin', b. at Wolf Island, Ont., Canada ,14 

March, 182 1. 
-f66S. VI. IsAAC^ b. at Sidney, Ont., Canada, 26 Oct., 1823. 

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Sixth GeneraHan 399 

+669. VII. David Frki>krick\ b. at Siclncy, Ont.» Canada, 36 
OcL, 1823. 
670. vni. Susannah' (or Susan Ann^, b. at Sidney, Ont, Can- 
ada, 9 June, 1826; m. at BcIleviUe, Out, Canada, 9 
July, X848, John F. Heagle, a farmer and agricultu- 
rist. Res. Kankakee, IQ. 

Issue^ horn gi Sidney : 
V Hannah Ellen Heaglk, b. z6 April, 1849; 
m. in Kankakffe Ca, IlL, 15 Sept, 1872, Si- 
mon P. Delay, a farmer. They reside at Alta, 
n. Saxah Eliza Heagle, b. 25 June, z8sz; m. in 
Chebanse, IIL, 15 Feb., 1871, James Delay, a 
former. Res. Chebanse, IIL ShedzoDec, 
m. Chaelbs Alva Heagle, b. 15 Jan., 1855; m. 
in Kankakee Ca, IIL, zo Feb., z88o, Minnie 
Sophia lina He is a fiurmer in Iroquois Co., 


IV. Edith Ascena Heagle, b. 25 Aug;, 2861; m. 
in Kankakffe Co., IIL, 5 Jan., 1882, William 
Eugoie Mcintosh, a farmer, and res. Kan- 
kakee Co., BL 
+671. DC. Svlvestsr^ b. at Sidney, Ont, Canada, 4 Nov., 1828. 
672. X. Sabah Grace', b. Sulney, Ont., Canada, 16 Oct, 
1831; m. at Sidney, Hugh Wallace. Shed, at Belle- 
ville, Ont., Canada, 6 June, 1885. 
L Annie Lillian Wallace, b. at Sidney, 2 July, 
1858; m. at MeadviUe, Penn., i Jan., 1880^ 
Chailes Mclntyre of Ashawa, Canada, where 
they reside, 
n. Hannah Clasistte Wallace, b. at Sidney, 
28 Aug^ i860. Resides at Belleville, Ont, 

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400 History o/the Fanning Family 

339. HENRY* PANNING, b. z77St (CJkurfcf ^ T}umaM\ 

m. at Watexfovd, N.Y^ 24 Nonr^ 1804, 

Maria Ketcfaum, 
dan. of Cot Hnrkiah and Mazj (Badow) i^^*-i*im^ 
and b. at Waterfovd, N.Y., 6 June, 1786. 

Henzy Fanning was bom in PreslOQ, Conn^ ax Fd>.y 
1775, in tbat part whidi was aftoward let off to fonn the 
new town of Griswold in z8zs* He settled in Waterfonl, 
N. Y., and was a merchant there many Tears, but rem ofed 
to New Yoi^ City before 1830, where he was alsoin busi- 
nesB for some time, but met with RfrerKS about 1837. 
About Z843-4 be was Inq>ector of CustomSy and was Rsid* 
ing in Bzooklyn. He was a member of the Episcopal 
Churchy and for years a veslijpuian of Chzisfs Chnrdiy 
New York City. In politics he was a Whig, and Hcwy 
Oay was his ideal statesman. He was tall, ttzaight, and 
spare of flesh, social in disposition. 

He d. at Brooklyn, N.Y., 3Z Aug., Z858. Bur. in New 

She d. at NewariL, N.J., Z7 Aug., Z863. Bur. in New 
York City. 

673. I, Chaiud^, b. 27 Nov., z8os; d. at Watecford, N.Y., so 

June^ 1806. 

674. n. Maxx', b. z6 Jul^, z8zo; m. at New York, N.Y., 6 May, 

Z830, ^BHUiam Otis Noicrasa, of Moosoo, Mass. 
L CwAaT.M Ftimmnr Noaaaow, b. z Aprily Z83X; 
m. in Brooklyn, N.Y., s6 Oct., Z853, Isabdla 
Davis. He was a druggist, and d. in Birmi^ 

ham, Conn., S3 Oct, z87S* 
n. Mabia Famiomo NoiCBoaa, b. 8 Aug., Z833; d*. 
s8 Oct, z834. 

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•SmM G€9uration 401 

m. Hmy Fanmino Nobcboss, b. 97 Nor., xSjs; 

m. ist at Derby, Conn., x6 Julj, 1857, Sazah 

Mixda Keeoej, dau. of Lockwood and Mazia 

(Shqunan) Keenej. She d. x8 Sept, 1863. 

He mi. ad, at Birmfagham, Coqil, 25 Aug., 

z868, Susan Brainaxd Axnold, dan. of Joseph 

and Marjr (Phe^) AmokL She d. 96 Jn^, 

Z873. He res. Bridgeport, Conn. His business 

has been hanking, bookkeeping, andinsuianor. 

. Issm: 

L WkuiAX HkNXT NoacKOSi, b. at Deibjr, 

Conn., 15 May, 1858; d. near St Aog- 

ustine, Fbu, 3 Feb., 1877. 

n. liCAnT Famiuno Noscioas, b. at Derby, 

Conn., 1$ Jan., z86a 
nz. Joseph Asmold Noacaoaa, b. in Bir- 
mingham, Conn., S7 Dec, 1869. 
zv. Susan Abmold Noscioss, Birming- 
ham, Conn., z6 Feb., Z879. 
zv. Anna FRAMcn NoacBOsa, b. at Monson, Mass. 

8^ May, Z839; m. Theodore Reichardt 
V. Mart Lavzmia Noacaosa, b. at Fteth Ambojr, 
N.J., 5 June, Z844; m. Joseph B. Breed of 
Lynn, BCus., where she d. 24 May, z88z. 
VL WzzxiAiiFANMZKoNoacao68,bjitNewaik,N.J. 
24 Dec., z849;m. at Lynn, Mass., 5 June, Z878, 
Alice L. Marsh. 
675. HZ. Amna', b. at Waterford, N.Y., z6 July, z8zo; m. at New 
York, N.Y., Z7 Nor., Z830, Josiah Robert Stuzges of 
New York aty. Shed, in Brooklyn, N.Y., 38 April, 
z86& Hed.faiNewYoi^City,8Nor.,i877. Bolh 
bur. Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn. Issue: Frank- 
lin Fanning Sturges, b. at Perth Amboy, N. J., s8 April, 
Z845; »^ At Oakland, CaL, 33 Dec, 1875, Dorothy 
Ann Ashcroft (four ch. d. in infan^.) 

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403 History of the Fanning Family 

345* PATRICK* PANNING, b. 1788, {pha9Us\ Thmm\ 
Jolm\ Jokn\ Edmumd^) 

BL at Hiidiqii N.Y., $ Nor., x8xSt 

Sasaa Alada Thurston, 
dan. of John and Elisabeth (Jenkins) Thuzston, 
and b. at Hudson, N.Y., 99 Nor*. 1793. 

FatxidL Fanning was bom at Jewett Oty. Conn., sj 
Aug.. 1788. He was a hatter, and resided in New (Means 
foratime.wl|ferehewasrcf7siiooessfuL Afterwardhewas 
a fomnrissinn merchant, and resided in Nocwidi. Conn.. 
Hudson. N.Y.. and Brooklyn. N.Y. 
She d. at Brooklyn. N. Y.. 19 Nor.. 1859. Bur. Hudson. 
He d. at Astoria. LX. ss Nor.. 1867. a. 79. 
Her win. dated 13 Sept. 1858. probsAed sx Nor.. x86o. 
at Brooklyn, mentions gianddau. Alada BosweO; sister 
Elisa Reed. wid. of Ezra Reed; grandson Charles Boswdl; 
grandson John Boswdl; granddau. Elisabeth Boswdl; dan. 
Fhinces C. Paddock, wife of Rer. John A Paddock; son 
Robert S. Fanning. 

676. X. ExiZA Amf, b. at Hudson. N.Y.. ss Oct.. x8x6; m. xst 
at Norwkh, Cten.. 5 Oct. x836» John Wheder Boswdl, 
amerdiaiit.andres.atNonricfa. They separated, and 
she m. sd. x8 May. 1858. Charles Lamb Meedi. a Isim- 
cr of Pftston. He d. at Pkeston. X3 May. x86s (gs.). 
WkL then remained John Wheder Bomdl. her-fint 
husband. She d 93 Ja]^ x886. Bur. atFEcston.^^\^ 
Issm4 by first kuAtmd: 
L John Lovxr. Boewzxx. b. X4 Oct.. 1839; nt 
Latilla Stoxges of Proridenoe. RX Res. Ptcs- 
ton. Conn. No issue. 
XX. EuzABXiHBo8wsLL.b.9Aug..x84x;d.9Angiv 

nx. ExjZABXTH HimsoN Boewnx. b. s6 May. 1844; 

d. 5 Dec. X869. 


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Sixth Generation 403 

nr. Alada Tbdsstom Bobwxll, b, a M&j, z847« 
V. Cbabus FAMNZNa BoBwxix, b. 14 Sqpt, 1850. 
Alada and Cbarles xea. Preston; anoL 

677. n. CoamEUA Ds BIOIS^ b. at Hudson, N.Y^ xz Maj, 

18x9; d. 96 June, X893. 

678. XXL Caioumx Wx2I8ix>w', b. at Hudson, N.T., 30 Aug., 

z8sx; d. 34 July, X894. 

679. nr. Habidt Datxom', b. at Hudson, N.T^ 14 Nor., x8ss; 

d. so Oct, x897. 

680. V, FkAiiC«C iusiMf ,b. at Hudson, N.Y.,a8 June, X83X; 

m. at Hudson, N.Y., 23 April, x8s6^ Bisliop John 
Adams Fuldode, b. at Norwidi, ConxL, 19 Jan^ z8s5. 
He grad. TMntf Colkgs; was a dcqyman, and zes. 
at BzooUjfn, NT. Y* Aftecwaid bhhop in tibe Episcopal 
Chuzdu She d. in Portland, Oicgon, 39 April, x88x, 
and was bur. in Taoooaa, Wash. He d. in Santa 
Barbaza, CaL, 4 Maidi, Z894. 

IssuefOBbamaiBfooUyHf N.Y.: 

L Alada Thusston PADXXxac, b. ss June, 1858; 

^ m. Z5 Nor., 1883, 1«i«^ Albert L. Mills,U.SA. 

n. Famnt Fannxno PADXXxac, b. xz May, x866; m. 

X7 Aug., X89S, J. Matthew Miller. Res. Ta- 

coma. Wash. 

XXL RoB£ET Lxwis Padxmoc, b. S4 Dec., X869; 

grad. Tzinitjr College, X894. 
XV. EixiB MbaoAK PADXXxac, b. Z4 Nor., Z87X. 
▼. FtxnxMCB HuBBABD Pazukkk, b. 6 Maidi, 
x875. ('^'^ ch. d. in infuaqr.) 
-f 68z. rz. RoBXST SxAax^, b. at Norwidi, Conn., 92 April, 1835. 

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404 History oftlu Fanning Family 

348. THOMAS* PANNING^ b. 179s, {Charles^ Thomas\ 
John\ John}, Edmund^) 

m. at New York, N.Y., in Feb*, 1897, 

Mary Anne Simmons, 
dau. of 
and b. at 

Thomas Fanning, son o{ Charles and Anne (Brewster) 
Fanning, was bom at Prestcm, Conn., 4 Nov., 2795; was 
a sea captain, and sailed from New York City on x8 
March, 1827, a month after his mairiage, in the brig ^ 
^^Pomona," of which he was commander, on a voyage to 
Madeira, and was lost at sea, and the vessel never heard 
from afterward. He was in his 3sd year. 

His widow never manied again, was a milliner, and 
lived in New York City, where, it is said, she died not 
many years afterward. The name "Mary Fanning, widow 
of Thomas Fanning'' appearsin the New York Qty direc- 
tory from 1830 to 1840, but does not occur afterwards; 
perhaps she died about that time. No issue. 

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Sixlh Generation 405 

349- JOHN WATSON* PANNING, b. 1798, (Chartes\ 
Thomas*, John\ John\ Edmund^) 

ixu at Jewett City, Coqil, 7 Oct, 1824, 

Mary Wilson, 
dau. of Capt. John and Mary Lathrop (Baldwin) Wilson, 
and b. at Jewett City, Conn., 26 Aug., 1798. (Jewett 
City Records xead " 1799.") 

John Watson Fanning, called ''Jack'' Fanning, son of 
Capt Charles and Anne (Brewster) Fanning, was bom at 
Preston, ''North Sodety/' in the village of Jewett Gty, 
Conn., 8 April, 1798. He was a merchant, and resided all 
his life in Jewett Qty. His house stood back from the 
principal thoroughfare in the village, and his store directly 
in front of his residence. He was a thrifty, economical 
man, which enabled him to amass quite a competence, and 
he retired from mercantile business several years before his 
decease. In personal appearance he was tall and slim and 
resembled his brother Franklin. He probably took the 
name " Watson" from his relative John Fanning Watson. 
His birth is recorded simply "John.'' A negro servant, 
called "Aunt Nancy Dyer," lived with them, it is said, 
some thirty years. 
His wife d. at Jewett City, 30 June, 1877, a. 78 years. 
He d. at Jewett Qty, 18 May, 1885, a. 87 years. Both 
bur. Jewett Qty. 

6i2. I. John M^ b. at Jewett City, Conn., 22 Nov., 1825. He 
never m. Went to California in 1849, ^^ settled. 
Was engaged in mining all his life, and never returned 
East except on visits. In March, 1864, he enlisted in 
Co. H, 4th Calif<u:nia Regt. of Inf., and served until 
the dose of the war. He d. at Havilah, CaL, 5 June, 
1886, a. 60 yrs. (g3.); was brought to Jewett City, 
Coral., and interred 36 Jan., 1887. 

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683. XL Maxy LAiHROV^yb. at Jewett City, Coon.,*! Nonr^ 1837; 

m. at Jewett Qty, 33 Ma7,i8s3, ADan Biiggs Burleson, 

b. at West Greenwich, RX, 39 Nor^ i8z6» son of 

Edward and Sarah (Ladd) Burkson. He was a 

manufacturer. Rtt. at Jewett Qty and WiDimantic, 

Conn. He was supt. of Slater's Cotton WOm, Jewett 

Qty, for many yean. Later he had a Uncn mill at 

WiDimantic He d. at Jewett City, 39 Dec, 1887. 

Widow survives and resides with her dauf^ter, Mrs. 

George B. Hatdi, at Berikeley, California. 

Issue, aU hem aiJ9wMCUy. 

I. Edwasd Fammxno Busizsoh, b.z4 IiCaTcfa,r8s4. 

m. 3r Oct, 1876, Roberta HaOam of Lynn, 

Mass. Manufacturer at Jewett City, Conn. 


I. Bertha Fanning Burleson, b. 17 Jan., i88z ; 

d.30 Aug., 1888. 

n. May Hallam Burleson, b. 14 July, x883. 

zn. Charles Alkn Burleson, b. 14 June, 1887. 

zv. Jean Courtney Burleson, b. z April, 1890. 

XL Cbabus Axxen Bubxxson, b. 8 NoT^ z8s5 > <L 

9 Nor., Z876. 
zzz. JoBN Waisqw FAimziio BuBLUOM, b. as Dsc* 
Z858; m. hi Oct, z88o, Clara E. Bttven, b. at\ 
Putnun, Conn. Supt of Slater's Cotton Milb 
. at Jewett.O^. He d. 37 Feb^ z89a> . 
zir. Mabt WzLSQir BuxLBSOif, b. 3 March, z86z; 
m. 33 May, Z887, Rev. George B. Hatch. Rat- 
Lynn, Mass., now Berkeley, CaL, where he is 
pastor of the zst Cong, church. ,- - — 
I$sue, b. ai Lytm, Mass^ 
z. May Burleson Hatch, b. 6 April, z888. 
zz. Marguerite Fanning Hatdi, b. xa April, 

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-1-684. m. CHAXZX8^ b. at Jewett d^, Ccxul, m Miidi, Z830. 
-l-68s. IV. FkSDZUCKHtJMQii',b.atJewettC!tytConiL,340ctt 

686. V. TBOlCA8^ b. at Jewett Qty, Coon., 8 Dec, 1834; d. % 

April, 1837. 

687. VL Jams ElsmT, b. at Jewett d^, Conn., az (^.a. Htya 

''33'') Aprfl,i838;msat Jewett City, z8 May, z875» 
Alfred Ai«7 Young of Jewett Q^, b. tboe 27 Aug., 
i8do. Sbe waa hia third wife. He waa agent and 
buaineia manager of the Slater Cotton IdiDa, Jewett 
Ci^, and connected with that buaineia for fiffy*{our 
yeara from 1839 to 2893. 

She d. at Jewett City, 6 Jan., 1889, a. 50 yia., lear- 
ing no ifliue. Bur. at Jewett City. 

He d. at Jewett Qty, 9 Jan., 1993. 

688. VZL Eaxherdis Wolsom', b. at Jewett Gty, Conn., z April, 

1847 ; m. at Jewett Gty, Conn., 3 Dec., 1867, Thomaa 
Rooe CongdoQ, b. at Jameatown, ILL, 8 Jan., 1836. 
He ia a merchant, and rea. in WilJimantir, Conn. 

z. Kathbizns Fanmzno Congdon , b. at WOli- 
mantic, Cdnn., 23 Feb., Z870; d. 3 Nor., Z870. 

zz. Sdszb DEMiaaaii CoNOZNiif , b. at Willimanfiri 
Conn., 9 Dec, z87a; d. Z4 Aug., z873. 

nz. WzzxiAK Stuasx Conczkui, b. at Willimantir, 
Conn., 7 Jan., Z876. 

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350. HENRY WILLSON«PANNING,b.x786,(rjkMMr\ 
Thomas\Jolm*,Ji^\ Edmund^) 

in. at Marlboro^ Coiiii.t 3 Oct, z8zX| bj the Ser. 

David B. Rqdqr of Marlboro, 

Sarah Hale, 
dau. of David and Ruth (Hak) Hale, 
and b. at Glastonbury, Conn., 19 July, 1788. She wa« a 
descendant of the well-known family of Hale that resided 
in Glastonbury. The progenitor of the name in that sec- 
tion is said to have been Samuel Hale, Sr., who was eazfy 
of Hartford, Wethersfidd, and Norwalk. 

Henry WiDson Fanning, son of Thomas and Susannah 
(Faulkner) Fanning, was bom at Groton, Conn., 8 FA^ 
1786; was a Uacksmith, and resided at Madboro, Norwich, 
• and Jewett City, Conn. He served for a time in the War 
of i8z9 .as corporal in Enos H. Buell*s company of Con- 
necticut wfl^*^^ 

He d. at Jewett Gty, Conn., 3 July, 1836, a. 50 yrs. 
Wid. d. at Jewett Gty, Conn., zo June, Z837, a. 49 yrs. 
Both bur. in the family lot at Jewett aty. (Seesketchin 
Uographiad part) 

4-689. L CHAtT.iw HzHn*, b. at Marlboro, Conn., 2 Oct, z8zs. 
69a ZL Tbomas Wzzxsom', b. at Marlboro, Conn., 38 Jan., 
z8z4. Went to Norwich and was learning the caniage 
makers' trade, was taken m and d. there of ^hus fever 
3Z Aug., Z833, a. Z9yr8.;unm. Bur. in the fsmily lot 
at Jewett Gty. 
+69Z. zzz. HzNXY WzzxzAMS^ b. at Marlboro^ Conn., 23 May, 
69s. zv. SoFBZA Hals', b. at Jewett City, Conn., s8 Feb., z8z9. 
She nevier m. Res. at Jewett City, Bozrah, and Dan- 
lelsonviDe, Conn., where she d. zz May, z88s. Bur» 
at Jewett Gty. 

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693. y. Sasah 1CAU4^ k at Jewett Oty. Coon., 37 Jan., xSaz; 
m. at USSoD^^ Conn., 19 Jan., 1856, Geoige Wanton 
Spalding^ asdiool teacher, b. Ptovidenoe, ILL, 3 
Mareh, x8x6. SetUed in NatidL, R.L, where she d. 
in Oct, x86s. He m. 3d, at Natick, xs Dec, 1870^ 
V Mn. Alice King Hathaway Warner, and d. at Natidc, 
x8 Nor., 1874. She d. as Nor., 1883. 

lum by wt/# Saroh : ' 
L WiuxAic Rkb Spaidxnch b. at Natfck, RX, 14 
Dec, x8s7; m. xat at North Sdtiiate, ILL, xo 
Aug., x88x, ET^m Frances Card, dau. of Ser. 
EBsha Brown and Haxxiot (Tkylor) Card, and b. 
x7Sciit,x8s8. ClerkfarN.Y.,NA &H.RJL 
Co. Res. 56 Plain Street^ Arlington, RX, where 
she d. 96 March^ X898. Issue bjwiCeET^m: 
Dodlej Oark, b. x April, x88s ; WDUam Lrrfaig^ 
b. XX Majr, x888, and Loqr Evdyn Spalding^ b. 
x4Mardi,x898. Hem. ad Vt Providence, R.L, 
7 Feb., X900, Mxa. Hortenae Fiancee (Himes) 
Broim, dau. of WiDitt and Ann (Brown) Kmee. 
XL CwAtTM Sxiaoir SpaidxmOi b. at Natick, RX, x8 
Feb., 1859; m. xst at Axiington, RX, X7 Nor., 
1886, liabei Manton Fisher, dau. of Chaxks 
Henxy and Eadty Manton (Whipple) Fisher, 
and b. at Frui( mn, RX, 3 May, x864. li 
cUef dispatcher of N.Y.,N.H. &H.RJLQk', 
Worcester Dir., and res. Ptoridence, RX His 
wile d. at Plrairidence, aa Fd>., X9oa. Bur. 
North Bur. Ground, Ptoridence, RX He nu 
ad,atProridence,RX, x8Nor.,x903,EIiabeth 
Stair Scaxborou^ dau. of Ebcneaer and Han- 
nah(Lester) Scarborough. Issue by wile Mabel: 
Geoige Wanton, b. 4 June, 1888; Earle Prentice, 
b. xo MBrchx89o; and Lefauid Fanning SpaM- 
in^ b. a9 Jan., 1897. 

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694. vx. EuzABXXHCAraoM'yb.ttJewettCity, CoiiiL,3oMii7, 
1893 (named after her great-gnmdmathcr); m. at 
CUntODy Mass., at house of her brother, David H. 
Fanning, by Rev. Mr. ffit chcock, a Dec, 1851, Chaiks 
Edwin Brooks of Worcester, Mass., b. 15 Aug., x8a4, 
son of Dea. Nathi and Maxj (ChadwidL) Brooks of 
that city and eighth in descent from Capt Thomas 
and Grace Brooks of Watertown (163 x) and Conooidt 
Mass. (ThomasS Joshua', Danid*, John\ Samuel*, 
Samuel*, NathaoJ^, ChariesP). She rem. from Jew* 
ett City to Worcester, in Msich, 1847. Charles Ed- 
win Brodu was brou^ up on the fium, finished 
schooling at the dd Baptist Academy, Worcester, and 
when of age entered mercantile Hf e. Of firm Brooks 
& Steams, grocers, twdve years. Went South during 
Civil War, and was in Commissary DepL of Gov^ 
atNewbem,N.C. After returning North, partner wfth 
his biother-in-kw, D. EL Fanning, in Worcester Skirt . 
Ca a number of years. In 1879 elected trees, and libr. 
of Worcester County Horticultural Society, whidfc office 

he held until his death at Worcester, as Dec., 1890. 
Hb life was an excdlent enmple of faithfubess, hon- 
esty, and devotion. 

Isstte bom aiWormUr, Mass: 
L ExXA Bmqd, b. ID Nov., 1851; d. 10 Jan., i8$7. 
m AknojSL Ammooii Bsooks, b. as ^^^^ ^^S** 
BL at Greenfidd, Mass., Louisa DarBng Gris- 
wold, dau. of Hon. Whiting and Frances Lin- 
cohi(Clarfc) GriswoUL He grad. Harvard Col- 
lege, 1879, and Harvard Divfaiity School, in4» 
ordained minister of the Third CongitgMfawJ. 
(Unitarian) Society, Greenfield, Mass.. Jai^ 
i88s, which charge he resigned in Dec, 1896. 
Res. Boston, MasB^ Nofasoe. 

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m. Walter Frkdsric Brooks, b* 13 Jan., 1859. 
lie was ansoctalod willi Willliam IL Monc, in 
the banking and brokerage biuuness, for eleven 
years ; then became one of the lessees and pro- 
prietors of the Worcester Theatre under name 
ofRod; ftBrooks; is now (1904) and has been 
for past eight years treasurer of the Royal Wor- 
cester Corset Co., Worcester, Moss, is author 
I and compiler of this ''History of the Fanning 

Family." Resides Worcester, Mass. Unmar- 
\ ried. 

{ +695. viL George FAUuanaT, b. at Jewett Qty, Conn., 4 Sept., 
696. vm. Lucy Ann', b. at Jewett City, Conn., 38 Dec., 1827; 
nu at T^fmsdale, R.L, z8 April, 1848, Georgie B. 
Hawkins of Jewett Ci^, Coon^ son of Esek Hawkins. 
He was one of the or^^inal ''Forty-niners" who had 
the goU fever and went to California. On way 
home coDtFActed Chagres fever in crossing the Isth- 
mus, and d. at Charleston, S.C., 93 Sept, x8so. Wid. 
res. Providence, RX, and Franklin, Mass., many 
. years, and d. at Wocoesler, Mass., z April, 1892, at 
borne of her sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Fanning Brooks 
(NoJ 694.). Bur. Jewett City, Conn. 
X. Georgianna Hawkins, b. at Jewett City» C<mn., 
b 1849; ^ ^ ClintOD, Mass., in Sept» 1851. 
Bur. at ClintOD, and rebur. Je#ett City in Z892. 
4.697. DC. David Hals', b. at Jewett CUtj^ Couu, 4 Aug., 1830. 

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413 History of the Fanning Family 

35X. JOHN FAULKNER* FANNING, b. ii9A,{T1umai\ 
Tkomas\ Jclm\ JOm^ Edmmmd^) 

in. at Prcstxm, Coon^ 14 Fdi)*, x8z3i 

Betsey Oates^ 
dau. of Cyrus and Roth (RodLweil) Gates, 
and b. at Grotoo, Conn., 8 Aug^ zySz. 

John Faulkner Fanning was bom at Groton, Conn., 15 
June, 1788.* He was brou|^ up in the funiljr of Dca. 
Amos Ai«7, and his gtandson, Asa Gore, in Fkeslon, 
Cdnn. (now known as tibe Charles Hewett place). Hewas 
cngiged in fuming and mill wock most of his life. * Re- 
sided at GreenTiDe, Conn., and was overseer in tibe miUs 
theve 3$ <v 30 years. He tl^en bouf^ a fisim in Pkeston, 
one mile north of Ledyard line. It is now owned and oc* 
cupied by his son Gurdon. He was in the War of iSzs, * 
and served as private in June and July, 18x3, under Cqit 
Meech, and Aug., 18x4, mider Capt. EUjah AbeD. 

He d. at Preston, 34 Jium, x868, a. 8x. Bur. in Gates 

Burying Ground. She d.atPkestoo, z8Nor., x868,a.87. 


698. X. Lucy Aim', b. at Weston, Conn., 30 Nor., x8x4;bl at 

GreenTiDe, Conn., X7 Mkrch, X850, Otis Mason Dor- 

rance, a fexmer. Res. at Ffestoo, Conn. She d. at 

GreenviDe,Conn.,8Ang.,x886. He d. at GreenvQIe, 

Conn., s6 Dec, X90X. Both bur. Greenville. Isne: 

one son, d. in infencj. 

+699. XL GionoE WA BMiNWixJif f b. at Prtston, Conn., 8 Match » 

70a XXL GuBDON McCxjaukHAM', b. at Preston, Conn., xs^Julft 

1823. He never m. Res. (1904) in Pkcston, < 
on the fenn that was his fetber's, near Ledyaid 1 

• Date Iran TuaAng Bttde ci ICia. Chas. Geidner, Korwkhs 
Fumliig't (No. 700) Bibto leads "> 33 * JvnSi 17^. 

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356. EBENEZER PITT* PANNING, b. about 1791, (£7- 
kanak\ Thamas\ Jolm\ Jdm\ Eimwul^) 
m. at 

dau. of 
and b. at 

Ebenezer Pitt Fanning, eldest son of Elkanah and Es- 
ther Witter (Douglas) Fanning, was bom at Preston, Conn, 
about Z791. He early removed to New York State, and 
was of Rochester in 1827 and in 1630. Later he removed 
to Geneseo, Livingston Ca, N.Y., where he resided in 
after years, and where he died about the year 1867. His 
wife had died previously. His occupation or prafenion is 
unknown, nor docs there seem to be any record obtainable 
showing what his wife's name vras, the date of her birth, 
or when or where she died, or where cither of them were 
buried. It is said, however, by relatives that they had no 

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3S7-ASA WITTER* PANNING, b. 1793, (BBbiidk* " 
m. at Rochester, N.Y., in 1840^ 

Lucy WetherdL 

daiLofSethand (dark) Wetbeidl, 

and b. at Conn., in Sept^ 1789. 

Afla Witter. Fanning was bom at Preston, Coon^ in 
April, 1793. He settled in Rochester, N.Y^ in cariyUfop 
when it was nearly a wiUerness. He was a master me* 
chanic, and afterwards had charge of the locomodfc wQffcs 
there.' After that he mannfttctuied miU irons, and was 
engaged hi geneial Uadcsmith wwk, at which he was a 
masterhand. He served hi the War of zSrs as a private 
for a short time, doing aervioe at New London under com- 
mand of George Middleton from S3 Jttlf, 1813, to 16 Sqtt^ 
18x3 (Conn* Rolls). 

His wife d. at Rochester, so May, 1864, of heart disease, 
a. 74 yrs., 8 mos. 

He d. at his tesidence in Rochester,^48 Piatt Street, is 
May, 1870, of typhoid fever, a. 77 yrs., 1 mo., and is 
bnr. in Mt Hope Cemetery. 

Asa Witter Tanning's win is on file at Rochester, dated 
19 June, 1869, probated 38 Julf, 187a By its provision 
Msrtin Briggs was appomted his emcutor, and set forth in 
the petition for its pn>bale that he left no widow or any 
known relatives. In the will Asa left his properqr* all hot 
fooo, to Charles Fanik&ig of Rodkport, Atchinaon C0.9 
Bfa (who was Asa's adopted son). $100 he left to Asa 
Fanning, the son of Charles, and $100 to the American 
BiUe Society of New York aty, and made the said Charles 
Fanning his residuary legatee. 

Noissue: ^ 

(He had one adopted son, Charies Fanning.) 

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3S9. JAICBS^ PANNING, b. z8oz, (jQmn\ Gmrf\ WU- 
liam\ EdmMnd\ Edmund\ Edmmnd*) 

m. at Preston, Cooiu, 10 March, 1825, 

Emily Capran, 
dau. of Eliaha and Luqr (Kinne) C^Mon, 
and b. at Preston, Conn., 33 Nor., 1805. 

Emiljr Oqpran was gninddanghtrr of Giks Capico, 
whose half sister, Eliiaibefh, married Thomaa Fanning 

James Fanning, son of James and KKaihffh (WQUams) 
Fanning, and in the sevendi gencntkn from Ednwmri 
and EUen Fanning the emqprant anoesfeofs who settled in 
Connecticut about the year 1653, was bom at Preston, 
Conn., z8 Sept, z8oi. He was a cupenter, and resided 
at Groton, Conn., ui that part which was afterwaxd set 
off to f om the new town of Ledyazd* His business was 
hi Norwich. 

Be d. at Groton, Conn., 25 May, 1835, a. 34 yn., and 
was bur. in the CEunily buzying ground. After his death 
his widow m. sd, James L. Bromley of Preston. 

He d. as May, Z884, a. 75 yis. Bur. at Preston 
City(gA). . 

She d. at Preston, Conn., 38 Nor., Z878, and was bur. 
at Preston Qty (g.s. reads ''aged 68*0* Nol 

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36Z. WILLIAM^ FANNING, b. 180S, (/oimj*, Gwfgt^ 
WiUiam\ Edmwfid\ Edmund\ Edmund^) 
m. at Ledyaxd, Conn., az July, 1836, 

Mary Ann Qallup, 
dau. of Nehemiah Mason and Huldah (Wheeler) Gallup, 
and b. at Stonington, Conn., 17 April, 18x5. 

William Fanning, son of James and Elizabeth (Williams) 
Fanning, was bom at Preston, Conn., 14 Dec., i8o8. 
Wh^ a child his patents removed to Groton, Conn., and 
there William Fanning resided the zest of his life and fol- 
lowed farming. The district in which he lived was set off 
in Z836 to fonn the new town of Ledyard. The house he 
resided in is now owned and occupied by Lyman Latham. 
William Fanning was representative to the State Legisk- 
ture at Hartford in Z863. 

He d. at Ledyard, Conn., z May, z88oy a. fi yrs^ 4 
mos., Z7 ds* Bur. in the bmily burying ground. 

Widow d. at Ledyard, Conn., 3 Oct, Z90Z, in her 87th 

+70Z. z. Geo&ge', b. at Ledyard, Conn., 4 Oct, z837. 

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36a. ISAACS FANNING, b. 1812, (/aifi«f •, Gmfrge^ WU- 
liam\ Edmund*, Edmwtd\ Edmund^) 
m. at Ledyaid, Coniu, 94 J&jl, 1836, 

Betsy Latham, 
dau. of Robert and Theoda (Wflliains) Latham, 
and b. at Groton, Conn., xa Sept, iZi$.* 

Isaac Fanning was bom at Pkeston, Conn., 35 Oct., 
1813; wasin the trucking business, and lived at New Lon- 
don, Conn. He was a membo: of the Common Council 
of New London at one time. 

She d. at New London, Conn., 33 July, 1873. 

He d. at New London, Conn., 25 Jan., 1891, a. 78 yrs., 
3 moa. Both bur. in Cedar Grove Ctanetery. 

. Issue: 

703. li EuzABEiH*, b. at New London, Conn., is Sept, 1839; 
d. there 39 Sept, 1848; bur. Cedar Grove Cemetery. 

703. XL EiocA.', b. at New London^ Conn., 3 April, 1843; m. at 

New London, 35 Dec, 1870^ Gorton Brown, a loco- 
motive engineer, and b. in Passaic Co., N.J., 38 Dec., 
Z841. He was in the Civil War, and private in Co. 
E., zst Segt Conn. VoL H. Artilkiy, and served from 
5 March, 1863, to 7 March, 1865, and received honor- 
able discharge. Res. in New London, where he d. 5 
Feb., 1903. No issue. 

704. m. Hauiet Bellzosah*, b. at New London, Conn., 5 

Aug., 1846. Res. at New London; unm. 

705. IV. Jaios Robert*, b. at New London, Conn., 11 April, 

185Z. He is a truckman, and res. at New London; 
unm. I 

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420 History of the Fanning Family 

370. GEORGE TALCOTT^ FANNING, b. i839,(i?i#/ftf •, 
Ashtf^^ Jonatkan^f Jonaihan*^ Edmund\ Edmund^) 
m. at Lawrence> Kan., 28 Jan., z868, 

Mary Ann Miller, 
dau. of George T and Margaret (Twomey) Miller, 
.and b. at Ypsilanti, Mich., 13 April, 1847. 

George Talcott Fanning, son of Capt Rufus and Mary 
(Brown) Fanning, was bom at Bath, Summit Co., O., 33 
Nov., 1839. He attended the preparatory academy to 
Knox College at Galesbury,IlL Is a mechanical engineer, 
and resides at Portland, Oregon. His mother was Mary 
Brown Barber, dau. of Samuel Brown, a Revolutionary 
soldier. She married William I. Barber in 1824. 
1833 and his widow m. Capt. Rufus Fanning m 1836. A 
son of Mary Brown by her Baiber marriage is A M. Bar- 
ber, now residing at Crystal Lake, QL 
+7x0. L Edwin Gideon', b. at Lawrence, Kan., 6 Dec., 1868. 
711. n. EuNOR Kate', b. at Oakland, CaL, 13 Jan., 1877; m. 
at Portland, Or., 11 June, 1899, James Harper, and 
res. at Dallas, Tex. 

I. Maey Fanning Haepsr, b. 27 Oct., 1900. 
n. MiLDHED Christina Harper, b. 39 Jan., 1903. 
;i3. m. Emma Bowlss', b. at Harrisburg, Or., 10 Feb., 1879. 
713. IV. Ernest Talcott*, b. at Harrisburg, Or., 1 Feb., 1883. 

714- V. Earl Miller', b. at Harrisburg, Or., 37 Sept., 1884. 

715- VL Eva Maggie', b. at Eugene, Or., 9 Dec, 1887. 

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365.RUFUS LEEDS* FANNING, k 1806, {Rujns\ 
Asber^, Janallian^ Jonaihan^t Edmund^ Edmttnd*) 
m. at Groton, Conn., 12 Dec., 1830, 

Mary Louisa Williams, 
dau. of Judge ^n^Uam and Amy (Stanton) WHliams, 
and b. at Groton, Conn., 25 Feb., 181 x. 

Rufus Leeds Fanning, known as '* Leeds" Fanning, was 
bom at Groton, Conn., 22 Dec, 1806, was a contractor and 
j builder, and resided Norwich, Conn. He manufactured 

I sashes and blinds, the firm being Fanning & Willoughby 

j for many years. 

! His wife d. at Norwich, Conn., 27 Aug., 1849. 

He d. at Colchester, Conn., 25 A^Lrch, 1854; both bur. 

Issue : 
+706. z. WiUJA]cWiixiAifs',b.atNorwich,Conn.,22Apr.,z837. 
707. n. Chabt.fs Leeds*, b. at Norwich, Conn., 23 Nov.» 1840; 
d. 13 Aug., 1843. 
+708. m. Erastus Wuxzams', b. at Norwich, Conn., 26 Jan., 
709. IV. Annie Willoughby', b. at Norwich, Conn., 2 March, 
1849; m. at Norwich, 26 Oct, 1869, Gen. James B. 
Coit, an att'y-at-law, Omaha, Neb. Res. Norwich, 
Conn. While East on visit enlisted 7 May, 1861, hi 
Union Army, and served until 6 Sept., 1864. Made 
brig.-general dose of war; d. 8 Dec.^ 1894. She was 
brought up, but not legally adopted, by A. P. Wil- 
loughby, Norwich, her father's business partner, and 
m. under name ''Annie Willoughby.** 
Issue : 
I. Leeds Willoughby Coit, b. ii June, 1871. 
n. Irene Williams Coit, b. 25 Sept., 1872; m. 4 
Sept.,i895,Henry B.Graves. Res. Geneva,N. Y, 
m. Ralph Bolles Corr, b. 19 April, 1877. 
IV. AftCHA William Coit, b. 4 Sept., 1878. 

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422 History of the Fanning Family 

375. ASHBR BQBBRT^ PANNINO.b. 18x8, (/MoOm*, 
Adm\ Jamikam\ Jamilkm\ Bdmmmd*, Bdtmmd^) 
m. at CiTcr, Fultoa Ca» DL, in 1843, 

Olivia Budojda Saunden, 
dan. of Oiristophcr and Aurilia (Potncj) Sattndaa> 
and b. in AUegany Co., N.Y.» 5 April, 1835. 

Aaher Ef^iert Fanmng waa bom at Hopewdl, Ont G)., 
N.Y., 4 Oct, z8i8; was a fumer, and removed to Illinois 
indiaiio^s. BezeskledatCfver,FalUnCo^nL,untilhis 
death, 7 Jan^ 1859. Bur. in Sanndcts Gfaveyaxd, Qter. 
The wkLnLsdyin 1867, Stephen Hayden, and iea.on the 
old Cum antn 1896, whni she xeuL to Cuba, HL, where 
she waa living in 1902. He d. a8 Sept., 1878. 
Issu€ : 
7x7. I* LnuN iJiuaHLxa', b. at Qver, DL, 13 Dec, 1843. 
Served in the 132 HL VdL Ihl aa a 100-day man in 
the Rebellion. Died za July, 1865, unm. 
7x8. XL HzMixzTiA AuBZLZA*, b* at Civer, DL, 6 Nov., 1847; 
.m. at Cfver, 35 Sept, 1873, J<>^ Geoige, and res. 
Cuba, HL, where he d. 38 Feb., 1900^ leavfaig issue 
one son, duee dius. 
7x9. HL LuxB LovsLL*, b. at Over, DL, zo March, z8sx; d. x 

Feb., 1854. 
730» zv. Mamx Azjcb*, b. at Qver, DL, 8 July, z8s4; nt at 
Lewistown, DL, zz Apzil, Z876, Joaeph Moran. Res. 
Fktt, DL, where she d. 38 Sept, Z878. 
73Z. V. Hauzbt 0£xvxa*, b. at Qver, DL, 39 Aug., z8s6; m. 
at Canton, DL, 33 Aug., z883, Joeeph Monui. Res. 
^ nf5^ ^ DL 

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Seventh Generation 423 

376. EZRA' FANNING, h. 1821, {Jvnathan\ Axhvr^Jvn- 
alhan*^ Jonathan^, Edmund^, Edmund^) 
m. at 

Sarah Shulters, 
dau. of 
and b. at 

Ezra Fanning, son of Jonathan and Catharine (Laugh- 
Icr) Fanning, was born at Hopewell, Ontario Co., N.Y., 4 
July, 1821. Very little record of Ezra Fanning is obtain- 
able. It is said that he lived at Hopewell, and was a far- 
mer, and in stature ** was a very large man." His grand- 
parents arc reported to have resided in the town of Gor- 
hani, Ontario Co., N.Y., but there is no mention on the 
Gorhani records of Ezra Fanning, or his marriage or death. 
Relatives of the family state he lived and died at Hope- 
well, Ontario Co., N.Y., and was buried there. They 
give the date of his decease 21 Sept., 1871. It is reported 
from other sources, however, that he died at the County 
Poor House and that the records there give the date of his 
death 17 Oct., 1885. It is impossible, therefore, to deter- 
mine the correct date. His wife is deceased, but date and 
place of her death are not learned. It is said he had no 

* Since the receipt of the above information It hxs been learned that Ezra 
Fanning had two sons, viz. : Andrew Jackson Fanning, bom in May, iS47» 
and William Ansel Fanning, bom in Oct., 1849. Nothing further, how- 
ever, can be learned of them. 

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{Jonathan^, Asher^, Jonathan^ ^ Jonathan^^ Edmund^^Ed- 

m. at Manchester, Ontario Co., N.Y.,30 Aug.,1845, 

Caroline Ann Knickerbocker, 
dau. of Henrj' and Theresa (Cutler) Knickerbocker, 
and b. at Hopewell, Ontario Co., N.Y., 10 Nov., 1826. 

Kinney Nathaniel Fanning, son of Jonathan and Cath- 
arine (Laughler) Fanning, v/as born in the town of Naples, 
Ontario Co., N.Y., 11 June, 1823. 

He was a farmer, and removed from Ontario Co., N.Y., 
to a place called Port Gibson in that State. Later he re- 
moved to Coldwater, Branch Co., Mich., where he resided 
the rest of his life. 

He died at Coldwater, ^Iich., 23 (also given 25) Aug., 
1896, and was buried at Coid water. 

His widow was residing at Coldwater with her son 
Charles Edward Fanning (No. 722), in 1904. 
Issue : 
+ 722. I. Charles Edward*, b. at Hopewell, Ontario. Co., N.Y., 
27 Aug., 1846. 
723. 11. HiRAai Edson', b. at Hopewell, Ontario Co., N.Y., 22 
July, 1848; d. I April, 1851. 

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383. WILLIAM JANE^* FANNING, b. lio^,{El%sha\ 
Eiislia\ David\ Jamthan^ Edmund^ Edmund^) 
m. I St at Springfield, Penn., , 

Abigail Brown, 
dau. of Avery and Sallie (Miner) Brown, 
and b. in Vermont, i Dec., 1803. 
She d. at Leona, Penn., 35 July, 1855. 
He m. 2d at Leona, Penn., 21 Feb., 1856, 

Mrs. Henrietta Hubbard Bonfoey, 
dau. of 

and born at TIaddam, Conn., 15 Scpl., 1815. 
She was widow of Chauncey Bonfoey. 

William Jane Fanning, was bom at Springfield, Mass., 7 
March, 1807, ^^^^ ^ farmer, and resided at Leona, Penn., 
where he died 15 March, 1S72. 

Widow d. at Leona, Penn., 19 July, 1881. 
Issue by wife Abigail : 

724. I. Sarah Ann', b. at Leona, Penn., about 1831 ; d. young. 

725. II. Juliette Maria*, b. at Leona, Penn., about 1833; ^' 

at Springfield, Penn., John Furman Porter. 

He was in Civil War, '61 to '65. She d. at Leona, 22 
Nov., 1859. Issue : Van Rensclaer and Emery Porter. 

726. in. Hannah Maria', b. at Leona, Penn., 17 Jan., 1835; 

m. at Leona, 18 July, 1854, Rev. James Hximilton Ross. 
Res. Monroeton, Penn. She d. 27 Sept., 1862. Issue : 
Beverly Waugh and Francis May Ross. 

727. IV. WiLUAM Deloss', b. at Leona, Penn., about 1836; d. 

+728. V. Isaac Newton", b. at Leona, Penn., 4 July, 1838. 
729. VI. Alina Geraldine", b. at Springfield, Penn., 3 July, 
1S41; m. at Troy, Penn., 12 March, 1S62, Walter Ed- 
ward Balhrd. He d. East Troy, Penn., 21 June, 189S. 
Wid. res. Elmira, N.Y., without issue. 

* Named after a family by name of •* Jane •* ; but never wrote it such. 

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+ 733 
+ 734 

DAVID GRACES FANNING, b. 1811, {mhha^, 
Elisha^, David\ Jonathan^, Edviuftd^, Edmund^) 
m. at Springfield, Penn., 14 March, 1833, 

Antis Brown Cancdy, 
dau. of Alexander and Catharine (Brown) Canedy, 
and b. at Halifax, Windham Co., Vt, 28 April, 1815. 

David Grace Fanning was born at Springfield, Mass., 
IS Feb., 181 1 ; was a farmer, and resided at Welona, 
Bradford Co., Penn. 
His wife d. at Wetona, Penn., 11 Sept., 1870. 
He d. at Wetona, Penn., 13 March, 1903. Both bur. 

Issue : 
, I. Betsfa'', b. at Springfield, Penn., in that part now 
Wetona, 16 Feb., 1S34; d. 11 May, 1837. Bur. Le- 
ona, Penn. 
. II. ROEXA Melvina', b. at Springfield, Penn., 18 June, 
1836; m. at Springfield, Penn., 23 April, 1856, Noah 
Wilson Smith. He was in Co. C, 7th Penn. Cavalry, 
during Civil War. Res. Springfield, Penn. Issue, five 
ch. : Corydon Melvin, Burdcll Fanning, Frank Ira, 
Hubert Wilson, and Fernley David BueU Smith, all b. 

III. Amanda*, b. at Springfield, Penn., 8 Feb., 1838; m. at 
Springfield, Penn., 31 Jan., 1855, John Clinton Leon- 

ard. Res. Chambers, Holt Co., Neb. Issue, seven ch. : 
George Delos,Fanning H,Sinclair,Floyd,Adelbert Can- 
edy, Harr>' Hale, and Delos David Leonard. 

IV. Ira SMirn", b. at Springfield, Penn., 29 June, 1840. 
V. Melvin David", b. at Springfield, Penn., 15 July, 1842. 

VI. Adelbert Canedy*, b. at Springfield, Penn., 25 July, 

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387. EDWIN^ iPANNING, b. 1815, (/!/«*«•, »»**«•, 
Davii^, Jonalkan\ Edmmd\ Edmund^) 

m. at Burlington^ Biadford C0.tFtenn.939 April, 18381 

Elvira Margaret Hart» 
dau. of Philip and Betsey (Richards) Hart, 
and b. at Bainbridgey N.Y., 6 March, z82a 

Edwin Fanning was bom at Springfield, Bradfofd Co., 
Penn., z6 May, 1815, where he resided, and at Fox, Sulli- 
van Ca Was a farmer. Held ofltee of tax collector, 
treasurer, etc 
Shed, at Fox, 3 June, 1899. He d. at Fox, 18 Dec, 1900. 
736. i.^ AijOMZo', b. at Springfield, Penn,, zx Jan., Z839 ; d. inf. 
-H737. XL Elisha Philip', b. at Springfield, Penn.,z6 Dec,z84z. 
+738. xn. Wallace Phylamdbr', b. at Springfield, Penn., a 

March, Z843. 
+739- IV. Sandfoad Rescom', b. at Springfield, Penn., 34 Feb., 


740. V. Betsey Hart*, b. at Springfield, Penn., 21 Aug., Z847; 
m. at Shunk, Penn., 34 Aug., 1863, Harvey Newton 
TOlotson. Res. Tuohimne, CaL Issue : Frank W., 
Edwin A, Emma K, Lenoria £., Charles H^ May 
and Myrtle Tlllotson. 

74Z. VL MzNEEVA*,b. at Springfieki,Ptan.,z6 Feb^iSso; d. inf. 

743. VZL Lydxa Cobnexja', b. at Springfield, Penn., 33 Feb«, 
1853; DL at Shunk, Penn., 19 Feb., i87S> Augustus 
Yaw. Res. Shunk, where she d. so Nov., Z89X. Is- 
sue, two ch. : Harry and Essie Yaw. 

743. viXL Charles*, b. at' Springfield, Pemu, 19 Feb., — ; d. inL 
+744. XX. WxzxiAic', b. at Fox, Penn., so May, x8s8. 

745« X. Martiza*, b. at Fox, Penn., Z9 Nov., z86o; m. at 
Shunk, Penn., Z9 March, Z876, Alfred F. Letts. Res. 
Shunk. Issue: Irene, Fted, Stella, Jessie, Edna, Ed- 
gar, Hallie, and Charies Letts. 

746. XL Lucas', b. at Fox, Penn., 39 Sept, 1864; d. inf. 

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428 History o/i/u Fammng Family 

389. BLISHA^ FANNING, b. 1820, (Elisha\ Elisha^ 
David\ Janaiham^ Bdtmmd\ Edmmtd^) 
m. at Springfield, Penn^ 10 Sq>C, 1845, 

Mary Cornelia Ayera, 
dau. of Loitnxo and AUgpul (Snuth) AjerB, 
and b* at Springfield, Pcmi., 7 Juty, 183a 

Elisha Faniking waa bom at Leona, Penn^ 24 Oct, 18301 
and resided at Berrytown, Pcmi^ where he waa engaged in 
fanning. His wife d. at Springfield, Penn^ 24 March, i868. 
He d. at Beirytofwn, Ptauu, 33 Feb., 1899. Both bur. at 
ChederviDe, Pcmi. 

Issm€ : 
747. X. Abigail Rosdia*, b. at Springfield, PeniL, 10 Nor., 
1847; >n. at Springfidd, Penn., 34 Dec, z868, Erastus 
Booths Woodward, a fanner. Res. Berrytown, Penn. 
X. AscBiB Maxhk Woodwaxd, b. 19 April, 1870. 
n. Maxy Elviba Woodwaxd, b. 7 April, 1872; 
m. 5 Nov., *90, FredS. Lyonsof Athens, Penn. 
m. Ems May Woodwabd, b. 14 April, 1876; m. 
4 Oct., 1899, IX^Diam Lewis Burt of Penn. No 
IV. HBi]iAHWiiiXAiftWooxmABD,b. 13 Jul7,i88o; 
m. 33 March, X899, Florence Gertrude Ken- 
nedy of Penn. No issue. 
+748. n. WnxxAM LouB*, b. at Springfield, Penn., $ Feb., 1850. 
749. m. (Daughter) *,b. at ^iringfield, Penn., x June, 1853; d. 
same day. 
+750. XV. John Rxley', b. at Springfield, Ptenn., 14 June, 1854 
7SI. V. (Son)^ b. at Springfield, Penn., 6 March, 1858; d. next 
+753. VL Gbobgb Wesuct*, Springfield, Penn., 33 Oct, 
753. viL Eva Maby*, b. at Springfield, Penn., 3 July, x86s; d. 
4 June, 1877. 

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390. AMOS BUTTON' FANNING, b. li^s, (Ettska\ 
misha\ DavU\ JamUhan*, Eimumd\ Edmund*) 
m. Z8t at Leona3nMtford Ca,Peim^a5 Nov., 184^ 

Martha Ann Smithy 
du. of Justin and Ann (Fields) Smith, 
and b. at Hadlqr, Mass., aa Sq[)t, i8z6. 

She d. at Leooa, Benn,, 4 May, 1884. 
He m. ad, at SheUxake, Seneca Co, N.Y., 32 
Dec, 1885, . 

Josephine Bonfoey, 
dau. of Oiaunoqr and Hcniietta (Hubbaid) Bonf oeyi 
and bl at Springfield, Ftenn., as March, 1837. 
She d. at Thqr, Ftan^ 34 Jan., 1890. 
He m. 3d, at Davenport, N.Y., 30 April, 1891, 

Carrie Layman^ 
dau.of AlbeTtGaUatmandMaxy Eliza (Slau^iter) Layman, 
and b. at Ferguson's Comer, N.Y., a6 Jan., 1840. 

Amos Button Fuming was bom at Leona, Penn., z8 
Jan., z8a5; was a fiumer and engaged in lumbering and 
held many town offices. He resided at Springfield, Benn., 
(Leona), on the Elisha Fanning homestead, where he was 
bom, but removed to Ttoy,Penn., and resided there a few 
years previous to his dealh, which occurred az Dec, 1897. 
Bur. Leona* 

Isnm by wife Mofika : 
754. z. Amm Ezjzabxik*, b. at Leona, Penn., 22 May, 1850; 
m. at Leona, 19 Oct, Z869, Huyzinger M. Griffith, a 
fumer. Res. Leona, whoe she d. aa Jufy, Z898. 
L Masiba Aucb Gurub, b. a8 May, z87z; d. 

30 Jan., Z873. 
ZL FzjOUEmcs Cbbistzbel Grzfphh, b. as May, 
Z873; ^ i^ Nov., i88o. 
7SS- n. Aucs', b. at Leona, Pa.,zo May,z85a ; d. 33 Mar., z8s6. 
756. ziL Anna', b. at Leona, Pa.,zo May, z85a ; d. 3Z May, z8sa. 

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39X. LUTHER JONES* PANNING, b. z8a7, (JSflf*«^ 
misU\ D(nnd\ JmiaOum^ Eimmd*, EAmmd^ 
m. at Thompson, O., ax Oct, 1848, 

OrriU Sophronia PhelpSt 
d&u. of Abd and Elcanove Lyman (West) Phe^ 
and b. at Thompson, O., 5 Feb., 1839. 

Lather Jones Fanningtrasbon at Leona, Penn., z Sept, 
1827; is a retired fumcr, and resides at West Burlington, 
Bradford Co., Penn. 

Issug : 

757. X. EixsN Lbvzbxa*, b. at Springfield, Pttm., 8 Sept, 1849 ; 

m. at West Burlington, Penn:; 8 Sept., x868, James 
Mansfield Beach, a cazriage maker. Res. Thqr, Ptenn. 

X. Jambs Howaxd Beacs, b. 25 July, 1870. 
n. Gkace Issnx Beach, b. 4 Nov., 1872. 
HL LuiHER FAmnNG Beach, b. 14 Aug., 2875. 

758. xx. FtosA Jo sEKHiHE *, b. at Springfidd, Penn., 25 June, 

X855; m. at West Burlington, Penn., 17 Jan., 1877, 
Curtis Swain, a jeweler. Res. Builington, Ffenn. He 
' d. 92 April, x894. 

Issm€ ham ai Bmlmgtamf Pmm. : 
X. Cxumm Fowxxn Swaxn, b. 2 June, 1876. 
XX. RoDNZT Ldihek Swaxk, b. z6 Aug., 1878. 
H HL EucA AxjCB SwASf, b. 5 Fd>., z894. 

+759* XXL CLAnon McKzam*, b. at West Buzlfaigton, Pttm., X7 
June, x86o. 
760. xv.AucBjXA]finnrT*,b.atWestBuzlfaigtfln,Ptaui.,4june, 
1863; m. at West Burlington, Penn., 30 Oct, 1900, 
John Benjamin Diddnson, a musidan, b. at West 
Buriington, x8 Sept, x863« 

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39a. JOHN» PANNING, b. about 1804^5, {John\ mUha\ 
David\ Jonathan*, Edmund^ Edmund^) 

m. at St. Michaels, Talbot Co., Md.,30 April, 1825, 

Mary Ann Townsend, 
dau. of Benjamin and Margaret (Benson) Townsend, 
and b. at St Michaels, Md«t in zSio. 

John Fanning was bom at Troy, N.Y., about 1804-05; 
was a silversmith, and located at St Michaels, Md., a 
short time before his marriage. He left home in April or 
May, 1826, and went to sea, and never returned to his 
family. He was in the Mexican War, and it is said on the 
steamer '' Vixen," later being transferred to the ship '' Rar- 
itan," on which he was quarter-gunner, and was in the bat- 
tle of Vera Cruz, and wounded in the ankle. That was 
the huit information hb family ever had of him. He was 
a very small man in stature, and may have been the ^Little 
John" (Fanning) tradition says was killed in Mexican War. 
Widow d. at St Michaels, Md., zs Oct, 1873. 
761. 1. Makga&et*, b. at St Mirhn^h, Md., ix Feb., 1826; m. 
at St Michaels, 28 Jan., 1848, George Thomas Wales, a 
shoemaker. Res. St Michaels, Md. 

Issua : 
I. Mary Louies Wales, b. at St M!fh«ri% Md, 

35 Nov., 1848; m. Thomas Jefferson Buker. 
IL John Whxiam Wales, b. at St Michaels, Md., 
I 2 April, 1851; m. Ellen Thompson. 

m. AucB Ann Wales, b. in Anne Arundel Co., Md., 

22 Jan., 1859. 
IV. George B. McLellan Wales, b. at Baltimore, 

Md., 2 June, 1862; m. Ella Burke. 
V. AiCANDA McCoRD WALES, b. at Baltimore, Md., 
, 8 April, 1866; m. George W* West 

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(/0*»\ Bliska\ David\ Janaikan*, Eimmd\ Eimund^) 
m. zat, at Alemidzia, Va., or Washingtan, DX!., 

WUlimmer Warren, 
dau. of 

and b. at Aknndzia, Va*, 9 Oct, zSap. 
She d. at ,17 Ainril, z86x. 

He m. ad, at Washington, D.C., 

ICargnret NichoUon, 
dan* of 
and b. at 

WiDiam Hanuon Fanning, son of John and Ann (Har* 
xiaon) Fannhig, waa bora at Baltimore, Md, 27 Juljr, 1823; 
waa a mcrcfaEant, and zcsided at Waahii^on, D.C . He 
ntfaed front boiiimain hia \bmX yean. 
He d z6 Dec, 1864. 

WAam d at Waahii^on, D.C^ zz Aug., Z885. Both 
bar. in the family i^anlt in Congreaaional Cemetezy, Wash- 
ington, D.C, irith hia two duldzcn. 

IssuM by wii§ WUlimmer : 
769. I. WzuiAic*, b. at.Waahington, D.C, ; d. young 

probably. . 
763. zz.BYAni>*,b.atWaahti^on,D.C, ;d.,a.z8or9o 

+764. ZZL rwABT,iai Edwaid*, b. at Waahington, D.C, 97 Sept, 


Isstm by wi}§ Mmrgami : 
765. zv. Wzxxiaic Hasxoom*, b. at Waahington, D.C, az Apiil, 
z864. Norecord. Rebitivcaatateze8.atPittsbuzgor 
Pitt8ton,Penn.,at]aataccounta,and8appoeedunm. . 

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